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Report of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on the situation of human rights defenders, E/CN.4/2006/95/Add.5, March 6, 2006: Brazil

245. The fight against dictatorship (1964-1985) greatly contributed to building awareness of civil and political rights and extensive networks of NGOs were formed. Human rights organizations continued to proliferate with the beginning of the political openness, and in particular in the 1990s. While organizations initially concentrated their efforts in reporting violations of civil and political rights, they gradually adopted more assertive way such as pressuring relevant authorities to adopt concrete public security policies in relation to human rights. They have also expanded the scope of their mandate and have incorporated diverse human rights causes, particularly in relation to economic, social and cultural rights and to discrimination based on ethnicity, perceived sexual orientation and gender.

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