Brasil: Programa De Braços Abertos realiza mais de 28 mil atendimentos em cinco meses / Secretaria Executiva de Comunicação

Programa iniciado em janeiro oferece emprego, renda e moradia a dependentes químicos da Cracolândia. Ação tem 422 cadastrados, 122 estão em tratamento voluntário contra vício.

O princípio do Programa De Braços Abertos é o resgate social dos usuários de crack a partir do trabalho remunerado, alimentação e moradia digna, com a diretriz de intervenção não violenta. O tratamento de saúde é uma consequência das etapas anteriores, e não condição prévia imposta para participar do programa.

As ações foram pactuadas a partir do diálogo entre a equipe da Prefeitura de São Paulo e os usuários de crack da região da Nova Luz, há mais de vinte anos conhecida como “cracolândia” em razão da presença permanente dessas pessoas, muitas delas vivendo na rua, em barracos. Ao longo de seis meses, no ano passado, a Prefeitura identificou lideranças e demandas locais. Os frequentadores pediam basicamente documentos, trabalho e local para dormir.  VER MÁS…

Brazil Can Put Safety and Justice at the Heart of Global Development / Robert Muggah

The future of global development policy is being hotly debated in New York over the coming months. Governments from 193 countries are negotiating the form and content of the so-called Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs. These new benchmarks will replace the eight Millennium Development Goals that expire in 2015. Most diplomats agree on the importance of including core development priorities into the future SDGs including ending poverty and hunger, ensuring healthy lives and quality education, and guaranteeing access to water and energy. Many also believe that peace, security and justice, controversial and difficult to measure though they may be, must be explicitly recognized as development priorities in their own right. SEE MORE…

Brasil: Cultura do sadismo / Robert Muggah

A forma como uma sociedade cuida de sua população carcerária é um bom indicador de seus valores e civilidade. Uma rápida inspeção do sistema penal no Brasil revela uma cultura beirando o sadismo. O País possui a quarta maior população carcerária do mundo, com cerca de 550 mil presos ocupando uma área projetada para menos de 300 mil. Quase metade deles aguarda julgamento durante o cárcere que chega a durar períodos muito longos. Um estudo realizado pelo Instituto Internacional Bar Assn.’s Human Rights revelou que um em cada cinco presos à espera de julgamento foi preso indevidamente. Quase um terço de todas as mortes de presos é resultado de homicídio, seis vezes maior do que a taxa do País. MAIS…

Brazil: Cop cams go global / Robert Muggah

Brazil´s military police have long equated law enforcement with warfare. But there are signs that the status quo is changing, and worldwide.

On 14 July last year, military police arrested Amarildo de Souza, an unemployed bricklayer. He was picked-up from the front doorstep of his home in Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro’s sprawling favela, reputedly the largest slum in all of South America. He was taken to the headquarters of the neighborhood´s pacification police unit, deployed there two years earlier. There he was tortured to death by the police and his body was never recovered.

The pacification police were originally intended to inject a community-oriented ethos into law enforcement. The idea was radical for a city used to being policed by thugs. The first goal of pacification is to recover slums controlled for decades by drug traffickers, and the second is to then win the hearts and minds of local residents. The tragic case of Amarildo, however, exposes the grave shortcomings of one of the world’s most fascinating police experiments. SEE MORE…

Brazil Can Put Safety and Justice at the Heart of Global Development / Robert Muggah

The future of global development policy is being hotly debated in New York over the coming months. Governments from 193 countries are negotiating the form and content of the so-called Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs. These new benchmarks will replace the eight Millennium Development Goals that expire in 2015. Most diplomats agree on the importance of including core development priorities into the future SDGs including ending poverty and hunger, ensuring healthy lives and quality education, and guaranteeing access to water and energy. Many also believe that peace, security and justice, controversial and difficult to measure though they may be, must be explicitly recognized as development priorities in their own right.

The SDGs are about much more than achieving a diplomatic consensus. Starting next year, they will serve as a road-map for driving development around the world, including the world’s poorest countries. Like the remarkably successful MDGs before them, they will incentivize governments to establish forward-looking benchmarks, monitor progress, and provide critical signals about the health of our planet. They matter fundamentally. And yet the SDGs will stumble if they do not account explicitly for some of the most intractable roadblocks to development, including violence, injustice and corruption.   SEE MORE…

Brazil: Promoting peace, security, justice and governance in the post-2015 development agenda

Brazil is a major player in defining the future of global development. Together with 192 other United Nations (UN) member states, Brazil is debating the place of the peace, security, justice and governance in future Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs will replace the remarkably successful Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) agreed in 2000 and which expire in 2015. Starting next year, the SDGs will provide a road-map for development, set benchmarks to measure progress, and serve as a tool to press for change. Brazilian diplomats are working with counterparts at the UN and in other regional groupings to ensure its interests get a fair hearing.

Brazil´s leading public security experts call on the Ministry of External Affairs to include public security, access to justice and governance priorities in the next generation of UN development goals. They note that it is often the poor who are disproportionately affected by violence, including in Brazil. SEE MORE…

Brasil: La pacificación de favelas de Río traslada la violencia hacia la periferia / Antonio Lacerda

La llamada “pacificación” de las favelas de Río de Janeiro que eran controladas por bandas de narcotraficantes ha elevado la violencia en la periferia de esta ciudad brasileña, hacia donde se han trasladado los pistoleros expulsados de las barriadas pobres, admiten algunas autoridades.

La “pacificación”, como es conocida la política del gobierno regional de Río de Janeiro de ocupar e instalar puestos permanentes de policía en favelas que eran dominadas por bandas criminales, consiguió reducir los índices de criminalidad en las barriadas pobres pero elevó los registrados en las periferias.

Así lo denunció a Efe Luiz Antunes, secretario de Defensa Civil y Orden Público de Nova Iguaçú, uno de los municipios de la región metropolitana de Río de Janeiro que integra la empobrecida y extensa área periférica conocida como Baixada Fluminense.VER  MAS…

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