Brazil’s Own Goal: Protests, Police and the World Cup


This 2014 report from Article 19 gives an overview of implementation of the right to freedom of peaceful assembly in Brazil, with a focus on the lead-up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

It describes the national framework on assemblies, legal changes affecting the right and identifies the issues in implementation on the ground, such as arbitrary arrests and detentions, disproportionality of police actions, use of lethal weapons. It also reviews the protests of 2013 in detail.