Public Security


These issues relate to the way in which States, their institutions and security agents (police, military, prison staff) respond to the phenomenon of violence and public insecurity. It includes observations on cases of extrajudicial executions, torture, arbitrary detentions and other abuses by agents of the State in democracy. This topic also covers violence against women, or that which is targeted towards indigenous peoples, afro-descendents or other minorities.

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International Day on the Elimination of Violence against Women – 25 November

Violence against rights defenders a worrying global trend

Peru: “Recent measures a historical opportunity to deal with past disappearances”

September 15, 2016, Peru (en)

“Every minute counts” – UN experts raise alarm over short-term enforced disappearances

Venezuela: OHCHR monitors country developments with concern

July 19, 2016, Venezuela (en)

Brazil: Public statement by the OHCHR Regional Office for South America and UN Women Brazil on the violent death of Luana Reis

May 4, 2016, Brazil

OHCHR Regional Representative carries out mission to Uruguay

April 22, 2016, Uruguay (en)

Torture prevention: UN experts urge Chile to establish national body to monitor places of detention

April 14, 2016, Chile (en)

UN rights chief urges sustained commitment for redress of child victims of torture

UN torture prevention body to visit Chile

March 31, 2016, Chile (en)
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