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Anti-human rights rhetoric continued to escalate, increasing the risks to human rights defenders. The shrinking of civic space fomented by an official narrative that stigmatized NGOs, journalists, activists, human rights defenders and social movements continued. Obstacles to freedom of expression...
Americas Disappearances

Brazil: Environmental defenders disappeared

In the morning of 5 June, environmental and Indigenous peoples’ rights defenders Bruno Pereira and Dom Phillips were reported missing, after last being seen in the Javari Valley, in the Brazilian Amazon, near the borders with Colombia and Peru. They had received death threats in recent days,...
Americas COVID-19

Brazil: Investigate mishandling of the pandemic

On 27 October, the Parliamentary Inquiry Commission delivered to the Federal Public Ministry its final report on the mishandling of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has resulted in more than 600,000 deaths and countless human rights violations. The Attorney General, who heads the Public Ministry, has...
Americas COVID-19

Brazil: Urgent treatment of security bill approved

On 20 April 2021, the Chamber of Deputies approved the requirement to process the bill nº 6.764/2002 on National Security Issues as an urgent matter and without public consultation, with 385 votes in favour and 57 against it. Despite this, the urgent action mobilized and brought together very...
Americas COVID-19

Brazil: Vote on urgent treatment of security bill

Any day from 14 April on the National Congress could vote a requirement to process the bill nº 6.764/2002 on National Security Issues as an urgent matter and without public consultation while Brazil faces its worst moment of COVID-19 pandemic with more than 350,000 registered deaths. This bill...
Americas COVID-19

Brazil: Lack of oxygen to treat patients in Manaus

Manaus, the capital of the Amazonas State, is facing a health crisis due to a spike in COVID-19 infections coupled with what health workers, media outlets and state officials have labelled as a critical lack of oxygen to treat patients currently hospitalized. Other cities and states nearby could...