U.N. Commission on Human Rights, Report of the Special Rapporteur on torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, U.N. Doc. E/CN.4/1994/31 (1994)(Nigel Rodley, Special Rapporteur).


Information transmitted to the Government and replies received

56. On 18 November 1993 the Special Rapporteur transmitted to the Government the individual cases described in the following paragraphs.

57. Osorio Barbosa de Barros, a rural worker, was arrested on 8 September 1993 and taken to the police station of Xinguara, state of Para, where he was held until 12 September. On that date he was transferred by members of the Political and Social Order Police to the police station of Curionópolis, where he was held for one more day before being released. During the whole period in which he was detained he was allegedly severely beaten, given electric shocks to the head, and subjected to mock hanging and mock drowning in a stream.

58. Ademir Silveira dos Santos and Moisés Silva do Nascimento, two 12-year-old street children, were reportedly seriously beaten by members of the military police on 13 April 1993 at Praça da Sé, Sao Paulo. Father Pedro Horacio Caballero, a street educator who witnessed the incident and tried to intervene was also beaten. Upon denunciation the state civil and military police opened inquiries into the incident.

59. On 29 November 1993 the Government informed the Special Rapporteur that the disciplinary organ of the military police had opened an inquiry on 14 April 1993, that the complainants had formally recognized the six aggressors and that the victims had been examined at the Military Police Hospital. The investigation had not yet been completed.

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