Extrajudicial executions at the hands of police officials are frequent in Brazil. In the context of the so-called “war on drugs”, military police forces have unnecessarily and excessively used lethal force, resulting in the deaths of thousands of people over the past decade. The authorities often use the legal term of “resistance followed by death” (translated from the Portuguese “autos de resistência” to refer to killings by on-duty police officers which are legitimated on the grounds of self-defence) as a smokescreen to cover up killings committed by the police officers.
The use of lethal force by law enforcement officers raises serious human rights concerns, including with regard to the right to life. Brazil is the country with the highest number of homicides in the world: 56,000 people were killed in 2012. Negative stereotypes associated with the youth, especially black young men living in favelas and other marginalized areas, have contributed to the trivialization and naturalization of violence. In 2012 over 50% of homicide victims were aged between 15 and 29, and 77% were black.
In this Masterclass for Students we will offer you a short introduction to human rights and to the global work of Amnesty. After the introduction we will focus on police violence and youth in Brazil and you will use your newly gained knowledge to discuss this with the other students in a case study.
Wat: Masterclass for students
Hoe laat: van 14.15 tot 17.15
Waar: Amnesty House, Keizersgracht 177 Amsterdam
Toegang is gratis, maar registratie is verplicht!
Voor meer info en registreren: https://www.amnesty.nl/wat-we-doen/educatie/masterclass-police-violence-and-youth-in-brazil