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UN agency wants probe of Brazil prison violence

UN agency seeks investigation of Brazil prison violence that killed at least 60 inmates

UN agency wants probe of Brazil prison violence

SAO PAULO (AP) -- The United Nation's human rights agency has called for an "immediate, impartial and effective investigation" into the violence that has swept through a penitentiary in northeastern Brazil where at least 60 inmates were killed in 2013 in clashes between rival gangs.

The U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights says in a Wednesday statement that it is concerned with the "terrible conditions of Brazilian prisons" and asks authorities to move immediately to restore order at the Pedrinhas penitentiary in Maranhao state.

A recent report prepared by Judge Douglas Martins said state authorities have been unable to control the situation at Pedrinhas that stem from its overcrowded conditions, gang fights and the orders given by gang leaders to rape women who are visiting husbands, sons and brothers.

Updated : 2022-05-19 04:45 GMT+08:00