Black peo­ple killed in Brazil­ian ‘geno­cide’

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AFRICAN de­scen­dants in Brazil are 23.5% more likely to be killed than any other eth­nic group in the coun­try, found a study ti­tled, “2017 Vi­o­lence At­las” by the In­sti­tute for Ap­plied Eco­nomic Re­search and the Brazil­ian Fo­rum of Pub­lic Safety, which was re­leased this week.

Brasil de Fato re­ported that for ev­ery 100 mur­ders, 71 are black peo­ple. Ac­cord­ing to Dina Alves, a lawyer and re­searcher of race, gen­der and class, the stag­ger­ing num­bers are con­clu­sive in de­ter­min­ing that Brazil is a “geno­cide project” of black peo­ple.

She added that “it’s not by chance that most peo­ple who die are black, that the ma­jor­ity of those in­car­cer­ated are black peo­ple. It’s the state that kills when po­lice kill”.

The sta­tis­tics were based on in­for­ma­tion ob­tained by the Mor­tal­ity In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem of the Brazil­ian Min­istry of Health.

They re­vealed that in 2007, Brazil’s homi­cide rate was 48 000 peo­ple an­nu­ally. In 2015 that rate had in­creased to 59 080 an­nu­ally. The over­whelm­ing ma­jor­ity of the vic­tims were young black peo­ple who live on the pe­riph­ery of large cities. – teleSUR

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