For a thousand days in power, Bolsonaro collects lies and cases of

Elected with an openly anti-human rights speech, Jair Bolsonaro (no party) and his political agenda has posed a risk to the survival of various social groups.

This is what Amnesty International Brazil points out in the document “1000 days without rights – Violations of the Bolsonaro government”. The organization has cataloged, since the president’s inauguration, a total of 32 situations that led to human rights violations by the Federal Government.

Denial, data omission, and lack of assistance to health professionals are among the violations cataloged in the midst of the country’s sanitary and economic crisis, which began in March 2020.

Amnesty also recalls the lack of an effective vaccination plan for traditional populations.

Throughout the crisis, both the Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB) and the National Coordination of Articulation of Black Rural Communities Quilombolas (CONAQ) had to appeal to the Supreme Court (STF) to plead basic health protection measures for these populations.

As a result, emergency plans were created by the Federal Government, but few concrete measures were adopted.

The organization also rated the public reverences of the retired captain and his ministers to the military period as violations.

Days before the 55th anniversary of the Military Coup, in March 2019, Bolsonaro declared that the occasion should be celebrated. Planalto even released a video extolling the date.

In June 2019, through Decree 9,831 it dismissed the 11 members of the National Mechanism to Prevent and Combat Torture, which monitors violations in prisons and the socio-educational system.

Just a month later, he attacked Fernando Santa Cruz, who disappeared during the military period. The activist is the father of Felipe Santa Cruz, president of the Brazilian Bar Association (OAB) and political opponent of Bolsonaro.

In April 2020, Bolsonaro appeared at the Army Headquarters, in Brasília, to participate in an act in favor of military intervention.

Among other actions and manifestations by Bolsonaro raised by Amnesty are: the loosening of arms control in Brazil, based on federal decrees, especially in rural areas; the set of intimidations and verbal aggressions in their relationship with the press; threats to the rule of law in public acts; the persecution of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the fallacious speeches made by Bolsonaro at the UN General Assembly – who even blamed the indigenous people for the fires and devastation of the Amazon.

Amidst this scenario, next Friday (1), a manifesto signed by 11 personalities who headed the Human Rights portfolio in the governments of Fernando Henrique Cardoso (PSDB), Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) and Dilma Roussef ( PT), will be launched at an event at the Institute for Advanced Studies (IEA-USP).

The purpose of the document, in addition to denouncing Bolsonaro’s hate speeches, is to defend the institutionality of the State’s human rights policy, dismantled after the entry of the extreme right to power.

Institutionalized by the extinct State Secretariat for Human Rights in 1996, the ministry guided drastic changes in the Brazilian political structure during the period of redemocratization – still marked by the authoritarian remnants of the dictatorship.

Edition: Arturo Hartmann

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