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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