Information on a group called "les amis du quartier," linked to the Catholic church [BRA16155.E]

Information on a group under the given name (or an approximate translation of it) could not be found among the sources currently available to the DIRB.

As discussed, the attached articles provide some recent references to Catholic church organizations and activists involved with poor people or neighbourhoods (favelas) that might be related to the subject of your request and, thus, may be of interest.

This response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find attached the list of sources consulted in researching this information request.

Attachments

Latinamerica Press [Lima]. 11 November 1993. "Church: Brazil," p. 8.

. 21 October 1993. "Church and Power: Brazilian Church Caught in Vatican Squeeze," p. 4.

News from Americas Watch [New York]. 31 May 1993. Vol. 5, No. 5. "Urban Police Violence in Brazil: Torture and Police Killings in S o Paulo and Rio de Janeiro after Five Years," p. 17.

Wiseberg, Laurie S., Guadalupe L├│pez and Sarah Meselson. January 1990. Human Rights Internet Reporter-Human Rights Directory: Latin America and the Caribbean. United States/Chile: Human Rights Internet and Programa de Derechos Humanos de la Academia de Humanismo Cristiano, p. 156.