The State of Human Rights in Brazil

A Conversation with Maria Laura Canineu

Recorded in January 2019

Global Futures is a podcast about global politics and how rising powers like China and India are transforming it. We discuss foreign policy, economics, war and peace, and how the world is changing with experts from across the globe.

In this episode, Thorsten Benner from the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) talks to Maria Laura Canineu about police violence, the prison system and human rights in Brazil under the government of President Jair Bolsonaro.

Maria Laura Canineu is the Brazil Director in the Americas Division of Human Rights Watch. She directs a team of public lawyers handling human rights issues. She has focused her efforts on protecting and promoting the rights of children, women, workers, members of the LGBT community, and indigenous people.

Before that, Maria spent several years building the capacity of human rights NGOs in São Paulo, focusing on issues ranging from poverty reduction to corporate social responsibility.

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