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Dr. Mauro Ribeiro Lopes; the corregedor for the military police, Mr. José Antonio de Moraes;
the corregedor for the civil police, Mr. José Antonio Borges; the General Commander of the
Military Police, Colonel Mauro Lucio Gontijo; the Under-Secretary for Human Rights;
Dr. José Francisco da Silva. In Recife (State of Pernambuco), he held meetings with: the
Governor, Mr. Jarbas de Andrade Vasconcelos; the State Secretary for Justice, Mr. Humberto
Vieira de Melo; the Director of the Penitentiary System, Mr. Geraldo Severiano da Silva; the
Director of the Foundation for the Support of Children and Adolescents (FUNDAC),
Mr. Ivan Porto; the State Secretary for Social Defence, Mr. Iran Pereira dos Santos; the Head of
the Civil Police and corregedor for the military and civil police, Mr. Francisco Edilson de Sé;
the ouvidor for the military and civil police, Mr. Sueldo Cavalcanti Melo; the President of the
Tribunal of Justice, Mr. Nildo Nery dos Santos; the Prosecutor General, Mr. Romero Andrade.
In Belém (State of Pará), he held meeting with: the President of the Tribunal of Justice/Chief
Justice, Mr. José Alberto Soares Maia; the Attorney General, Mr. Geraldo Rocha; the State
Secretary for Justice, Ms. Maria de Lourdes Silva da Silveira; the State Secretary for Public
Security, Mr. Paulo Sette Cámara; the Superintendent of the Penitentiary System,
Mr. Albério Sabbá; the Head of the Civil Police, Mr. Lauriston Luna Gáes; the Head of the
Military Police, Captain Jorgilson Smith; the ouvidor for the police, Ms. Rosa Rothe. In all
states, he also met with members of the Human Rights Commission of the State Legislative
The Special Rapporteur also met persons who themselves or whose relatives had
allegedly been victims of torture or other forms of ill-treatment and received verbal and/or
written information from non-governmental organizations (NGOs), including the following: the
Centre for the Study of Violence (Núcleo de Estudos da Violência), Global Justice Centre
(Justiçia Global), Office for Judicial Assistance to Popular Organizations (GAJOP), National
Human Rights Movement, Action of Christians for the Abolition of Torture (ACAT), Tortura
Nunca Mais, Prison Ministry (Pastoral Carceiraria), Prison Ministry for the Land (Comisão
Pastoral de la Terra). Finally, he also met lawyers and public prosecutors, including public
prosecutors in charge of juvenile offenders in São Paulo.
In all cities except Brasilia, the Special Rapporteur visited police lock-ups and pre-trial
and juvenile detention centres as well as prisons. With respect to detention facilities, while it is
not within the mandate of the Special Rapporteur to describe and analyse the conditions of
detention exhaustively, as with his visits to other countries, he took the opportunity while in
Brazil to visit a number of them, mainly to meet with people who could testify to the treatment
they had received in places of detention before being transferred to a pre-trial detention centre or
a prison. Nevertheless, prior to his visit, the Special Rapporteur had received information
according to which the conditions of detention were torturous and therefore he could not ignore
this issue. A description of the conditions in these various places of detention may be found in
the first part of the present report.
The Special Rapporteur wishes to thank the Government of the federative republic of
Brazil for having invited him. He also wishes to thank the Federal and State authorities for
extending full cooperation during the mission, thus making his task much easier. He expresses
his gratitude to the Resident Representative of the United Nations and his staff at the
United Nations Development Programme for their logistic and other support.

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