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Tue Feb 5, 2019, 03:48 AM

Women killed at 'alarming' rate in Brazil, rights body says

by Anastasia Moloney | @anastasiabogota | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Monday, 4 February 2019 20:39 GMT

By Anastasia Moloney

BOGOTA, Feb 4 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Four women have been killed every day so far this year in Brazil, a rate the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) called "alarming" on Monday.

The IACHR, the human rights arm of the 35-member Organization of American States, said more must be done to prevent and prosecute femicides in Brazil. Femicide is the killing of a woman by a man because of her gender.

"The Commission calls on the Brazilian State to implement comprehensive strategies to prevent these acts, fulfill its obligation to investigate, prosecute and punish those responsible, as well as to offer protection and comprehensive reparation to all victims," the Washington-based IACHR said in a statement.

To stem femicide, Brazil passed a law in 2015 giving a legal definition of the crime, with tougher jail sentences of up to 30 years for convicted offenders.



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