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Brazil Week 2017: Human Rights in Brazil: Challenges and Achievements

  • K2.31 Nash Lecture Theatre, Strand Campus Strand London, England, WC2N 5RJ United Kingdom (map)

The Brazil Institute invites you to Brazil Week 2017.

The Brazil Institute will be hosting a round table discussion, focusing on the challenges and achievements of human rights in Brazil with Dr. Ricardo Resende Figueira from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and Leticia Sabatella, actress and singer. In this discussion, they will dialogue about their experiences and the situation of human rights in Brazil today.


Professor Ricardo Figueira, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, has acquired a vast amount of experience with rural workers in Araguaia, Brazil, were he lived for several years. His research and activism on fighting contemporary slave work in Brazil is recognised worldwide. He is coordinator of the Research Center for Public Policy Studies in Human Rights - NEPP-DH and Coordinator of the Research Group on Contemporary Slave Labor - GPTEC, both from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.

Leticia Sabatella is a very well know Brazilian actress and singer, that is famous for her engagement in defence of Human Rights in Brazil. Her political consciousness emerged early in life and was reinforced by the company of people like Frei Betto and Herbert de Souza, who showed her the importance of using her celebrity for something more than making money. Her engagement has become so strong that she went on to live with indigenous people craós (Tocantins) as one of them, and to camp with members of the Landless Workers' Movement to understand their proposals. In addition, she participates in several organizations, is a constant presence in forums, and raises her voice in defence of human rights and the environment. On December 8, 2007, she was in Sobradinho, Bahia, visiting the bishop of Barra, Dom Luiz Flávio Cappio, at San Francisco. The bishop was on a hunger strike for the second time, the first in Cabrobó, Pernambuco, in protest against the transposition of the São Francisco River. Sabatella is part of the non-governmental organization Human Rights Movement.

This event is free to attend but registration via Eventbrite is required.

For a full schedule of Brazil Week activities, click here.