All About Brazil Militias

BRAZIL / 6 DEC 2012

The arrest of 59 Rio de Janeiro military police officers accused of drug ties, and the sentencing of an officer who confessed to killing a judge, are signs that the…

BRAZIL / 20 JUL 2012

The killing of eight people by São Paulo police in the course of one night last weekend could point to a cycle of revenge killings between police and gang members,…

BRAZIL / 22 MAR 2012

The market for crack cocaine is booming in Brazil, and may already be bringing in major profits for organized crime in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

BRAZIL / 29 FEB 2012

Warnings that militias made up of police may have been responsible for dozens of murders during recent police strikes in Bahia, north Brazil, draw attention to the spread of these…

BRAZIL / 22 FEB 2012

A top human rights official in Brazil's government said that Congress should push through a bill which makes contract killings a federal crime, after two journalists were shot to death…

BRAZIL / 14 NOV 2011

Brazil-based blogger Julia Michaels reports on the much-anticipated police take-over of favelas in Rio de Janeiro's South Zone, and an interview with now-captured drug gang boss "Nem."…

BRAZIL / 25 OCT 2011

Despite promising to increase security following a inmate party in September, Brazilian officials are investigating why 2,600 cans of beer were delivered to a Rio de Janeiro prison that…

BOLIVIA / 24 OCT 2011

A special task force on public corruption has arrested eight military police accused of participation in a smuggling ring in Matto Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul, two…

BRAZIL / 24 AUG 2011

The murder of a Brazilian judge by the mafia that runs illegal public transport in a Rio suburb draws attention to the links between death squads, the police, and providers…

BRAZIL / 15 AUG 2011

The assassination of a Rio de Janeiro criminal judge, known for handling cases against the city's powerful urban militias, has called attention to the threats facing judicial authorities across Brazil.

BRAZIL / 3 AUG 2011

With some of Rio de Janeiro's most crime-ridden favelas under police occupation, the next step is to build solid institutions to make sure the progress sticks, explains Rio-based blogger Julia…

BRAZIL / 27 JUL 2011

At least 14 current and former policemen were arrested in Rio de Janeiro in an operation aimed at taking down a militia group, including high ranking officers accused of leading…

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