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Justice Dias Toffoli attends UN event in Geneva

Monday, October 9, 2017

On Friday (6), Justice Dias Toffoli, Deputy Chief Justice of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF), represented the Court at the Seminar on the implementation of effective safeguards to prevent torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment during police custody and provisional custody, an event organized by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, a UN body. In his speech, the Justice spoke about the progress made in our country in these policies due to the implementation of custody hearings and the increase in the number of hearings conducted.

Based on data collected by the National Council of Justice (CNJ), Justice Dias Toffoli highlighted the positive aspects of the current and previous administration of the CNJ, as well as those of some state and federal courts, in the defense of human rights, especially regarding pinpointing and reducing cases of violence and torture against prisoners in the country and the reduction of unnecessary or illegal incarceration.

The event was held at the Palais des Nations (UN) in Geneva, Switzerland, in the presence of representatives from various countries, following UNHRC Resolution 31/31. The seminar was attended by the Permanent Representative of Brazil to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva, Ambassador Maria Nazareth Farani Azevedo.

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