Amnesty International (AI) concluded this week that “São Paulo authorities fail to ensure public safety.” AI also noted the difficulties in meting out punishments for human rights abuses committed by public officials.
According to official data of the Ministry of Public Security, 329 murders were registered in the São Paulo metropolitan area alone in October of this year.
This marks an 80% increase in homicides since the same month last year.
In the capital of São Paulo alone 176 people were killed last month, while the same month last year registered 82 murders.
AI also suspects police involvement in killings motivated by revenge. According to the international organisation, these cases have not been investigated adequately “for many years.”
According to the report of the Homicide and Protection of Persons Department, 62 people were killed in only 27 days by military police in the metropolitan region. This equates to two deaths per day.
Story courtesy of Agencia Púlsar, the AMARC-ALC news agency.