This statement was delivered by the UK on Brazil at the 27th Session of the Universal Periodic Review.
We welcome Brazil’s progress, including the National System to Fight and Prevent Torture, recognition of same sex marriage, legislation on femicide, establishment of the Truth Commission, and implementation of custody hearings by some states.
We are concerned by reports of high levels of violence within the police and prison systems, and urge Brazil to strengthen protections for journalists and human rights defenders.
Introduce mandatory human rights training for police agencies, and implement an evidenced based policing programme, to reduce deaths from police action by 10% over the UPR cycle.
Develop a national strategy to tackle modern slavery, including ratification of the 2014 ILO Protocol to the Forced Labour Convention, and increased efforts to protect rural workers and women at risk of trafficking.
Select national candidates for UN Treaty Body elections through an open, merit-based process.