“We are shocked”, says UN human rights representative about operation in RJ

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The UN human rights office in Brazil declared this Wednesday (25) to be “shocked” by the police operation that left at least 25 dead in the Vila Cruzeiro region, in the north of Rio de Janeiro. .

In a statement sent to CNN the entity’s spokeswoman, Liz Throssell, highlighted the fact that most of the identified victims are black, “as it is in 80% of police operations as deadly as, according to studies on the history of operations in Rio de Janeiro” .

She points out that the United Nations is aware of the opening of an investigation by the authorities into the deaths, and “particularly to assess the legality and proportionality of the use of force by the police”.

“We urge the Brazilian authorities to conduct a thorough, objective and timely investigation to ensure accountability and reparation for the victims and their families,” said the spokeswoman.

“It is critical that the authorities comply with the order of the Federal Supreme Court to implement a plan to reduce deaths in police operations, in particular by equipping special operations battalions with body cameras,” he added.

The spokeswoman for the UN Human Rights Office concluded by saying that the agency “strongly” encourages Brazil to take steps to combat structural racism.

25 deaths

The operation carried out in the Vila Cruzeiro region left 25 dead until this Wednesday (25). According to the Military Police (PM), the Special Operations Battalion (BOPE), the Federal Police (PF) and the Federal Highway Police (PRF) carried out the joint action.

The objective, according to the corporation, was to arrest criminal leaders hiding in Vila Cruzeiro, including people who came from other states, such as Amazonas, Alagoas and Pará.

Source: CNN Brasil

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