Bolsonaro could be denounced at the UN for the crime of

Concerned with the federal government’s role in confronting the covid-19 pandemic, civil society organizations work to identify, document and systematize situations of violation of the human right to health in the context of the pandemic in Brazil.

The preview of the work, which will be formatted in a denunciation document, indicates that President Jair Bolsonaro may be prosecuted for the crime of extermination, given the evidence and evidence of omission in dealing with the pandemic.

“We are confident that the body of evidence, testimonies and evidence we have collected in this dossier is a demonstration that President Bolsonaro and his associates must be held responsible for the crimes committed. We are considering incorporating the crime of extermination into the list of charges to be forwarded the International Criminal Court, according to the interpretation provided by the Brazilian Association of Jurists for Democracy”, says doctor Flávio Valente, researcher in charge of preparing the document.

The survey takes as reference the international regulations to which Brazil is a signatory and the mechanisms available in the global and regional human rights system.

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A preview of this survey was presented last Thursday (30) during a parallel activity at the 48th session of the Human Rights Council (CHR) of the United Nations (UN), held in Geneva, Switzerland.

Once completed, the complaint must be filed with international bodies such as the UN itself, the Organization of American States (OAS) and the International Criminal Court. In Brazil, the work will also be presented to authorities, including senators who are members of the Parliamentary Inquiry Commission (CPI) of the pandemic. A meeting on the matter is scheduled for next Tuesday (5).

“This denunciation document makes a careful and exhaustive analysis of the actions of the health authorities, directly responsible for managing the confrontation of covid-19, as well as the authorities that collaborated directly or indirectly so that the magnitude of the tragedy reached the point it reached, identifying the multiple violations of the rights to health and life, and related human rights of millions of human beings, by the Brazilian state, clearly under the command of the President of the Republic”, explains Valente.

The technical work is an initiative of the Society of Maranhão for Human Rights (SMDH) in conjunction with the Articulation for the Monitoring of Human Rights in Brazil (AMDH) and as part of an agreement signed with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

The main institutional interlocutors of the work are the National Health Council (CNS) and the National Human Rights Council (CNDH), entities that also participated in the UN side event.

Situations of violation of the human right to health in the context of the pandemic in Brazil will be taken to the UN / Photo: Giorgia Prates

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The survey presented by Valente during the UN session shows that there were violations of national and international human rights provisions, including, for example, the International Covenant on Civil Rights.

The State’s failure to conduct the fight against the pandemic resulted in a mortality rate of 4 to 5 times higher than the world average, which means that four out of five deaths could have been avoided if the country was in the world average in terms of combat the disease.

This work had already been done by epidemiologist Pedro Hallal, former dean of the Federal University of Pelotas (UFPel). It is estimated that 467,093 deaths that could have been avoided in Brazil.

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“Contrary to expectations, the federal government, under the explicit leadership of the President of the Republic, not only ignored the evidence generated by what was happening in other countries, not adopting the necessary measures, but also began to question, contest and publicly criticize the information produced by the national and international scientific community, endorsed by the WHO. In addition, the president stopped exercising anticipatory governance and developed a true disinformation campaign, mischaracterizing the pandemic as a ‘little flu’ and the use of the mask as something for ‘cowards ‘and, pejoratively, a ‘sissy’ thing. In addition to having promoted the use of ineffective medications as the main coping action,” points out an excerpt of the document presented by the entities at the UN.

Edition: Vivian Virissimo

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