Brazil: UN Human Rights Office urges independent investigation into deadly police operation in Rio de Janeiro |

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The operation began in the early hours of Thursday when police officers on the ground and in helicopters opened fire around the Jacarezinho neighborhood – in an operation allegedly targeting suspected drug traffickers.

In addition to the dead, an unknown number of people were injured, including passers-by and from their homes.

The “bloodiest operation” in more than a decade

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights A spokesman for Robert Colville said the incident appeared to have been “the bloodiest operation in more than a decade” in Rio de Janeiro.

“[It] It reinforces the long-standing trend of the unnecessary and disproportionate use of force by the police in the favelas, marginalized and poor favelas of Brazil, known as favelas. “

The spokesman said there were also reports that after the accident, the police took no steps to preserve evidence at the crime scene, which could impede investigations into this fatal process.

Court restrictions

Lethal force should be used as a last resort and only in cases where there is an imminent threat to life or serious injury

Mr. Colville said it was “especially disturbing” that the operation occurred despite a Supreme Federal Court ruling last year restricting police operations in Rio’s favelas during Covid-19 pandemic.

He said, “We remind the Brazilian authorities that the use of force should not be applied except when absolutely necessary, and that they should always respect the principles of legality, precautions, necessity and proportionality.”

“Lethal force should be used as a last resort and only in cases where there is an imminent threat to life or serious injury.”

Ensure witness protection

Mr. Colville called on the Office of the Prosecutor to conduct an independent, thorough and impartial investigation into the incident in accordance with international standards, in particular in line with Minnesota Protocol on the Investigation of Potential Unlawful Murder.

He said, “This stipulates that the authorities must ensure the safety and security of witnesses and protect them from intimidation and retaliation.”

The spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights also urged a broad and comprehensive discussion in Brazil about the current model of police action in favelas – trapped in a vicious cycle of deadly violence, with a significant negative impact on its already suffering and marginalized residents.

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