The Most Pitiful Job in Brazil

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[quote] Almost two years ago, for example, Juan E. Méndez, an Argentine human rights lawyer who had been appointed special rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, urged Brazilian authorities to immediately address prison overcrowding, as well as implement measures against torture. After visiting many of Brazil’s prisons and jails, Mr. Méndez collected credible testimonies on torture and ill-treatment by the police. He recommended that Brazilian authorities urgently provide custody hearings for all detainees within 48 hours of arrest and redesign those hearings to encourage victims to speak up and to allow for effective documentation of torture or ill-treatment.

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The New York Times