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Brazil Brown Bag Seminar Series – Human Rights Policy in the State of Rio de Janeiro

November 5, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join the Center for Brazilian Studies in its Brazil Brown Bag Seminar Series. The lecture, entitled “Human Rights Policy in the State of Rio de Janeiro,” will be given by Leonardo Petronilha.

The purpose of this presentation is to explain human rights policies in the State of Rio de Janeiro under Governor Anthony Garotinho (1999 – 2002) and his wife, Governor Rosinha Garotinho (2003 – 2006).  Their policies helped create the first governmental division for human rights in a Brazilian State.  These policies have been ground breaking in a country with a history of authoritarianism, yet a society looking to respects human dignity.  As part of this work, special attention is given to the role played by the Rio the Janeiro’s State Police Ombudsmanship (OPERJ) and the Police Internal Affairs Department (CGU); both operate under the umbrella of the State Secretariat of Human Rights.  In addition, this work implies having to examine the Witness Protection Program (PROVITA-RIO), which extends from a national level to local institutions.  Interviews were conducted, which included police officers, politicians, victims of violence and others.  Excerpts from these interviews are included to provide a larger perspective on human rights, but more importantly, on the social effects it has had in the population of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

 Leonardo Petronilha. Leonardo Petronilha holds a PhD in Political Science. He served as the executive coordinator of the Human Rights Secretariat of Rio de Janeiro and special advisor to the Governor of Rio de Janeiro.

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November 5, 2015
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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