All About Brazil Militias

BRAZIL / 8 AUG 2014

Authorities in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil have arrested 21 members of a militia that includes members of the security forces and is run by jailed leaders, another example of the…

BRAZIL / 31 JAN 2013

A Brazilian judge gave three military police officers prison sentences of more than 20 years for the 2011 assassination of Rio de Janeiro Judge Patricia Acioli, who worked to prosecute…

ARMS TRAFFICKING / 16 JAN 2013

The Brazilian military will now allow police and firefighters to buy powerful .45 caliber guns for personal use, raising fears over how the weapons will be used and where they…

BRAZIL / 12 DEC 2012

A Rio de Janeiro militia currently under investigation is said to have raised an average of $3 million per year through extortion and other illicit activities, an indication of the…

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…

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