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IACHR warns of deterioration of human rights in Brazil

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announces measures to support philanthropic hospitals in the fight against coronavirus, on March 25, 2021 at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia EVARISTO SA AFP / Archives

The human rights situation in Brazil has deteriorated with the coming to power of far-right president Jair Bolsonaro, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights warned last week. In this regard, Lucile Gimberg spoke with the organism’s rapporteur for Brazil, Joel Hernández

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights warned this week about a deterioration in the human rights situation in Brazil, evidenced since the arrival to power of President Jair Bolsonaro and aggravated by the covid-19 pandemic.

The IACHR, an organ of the Organization of American States (OAS), presented its “Comprehensive diagnosis” on respect for human rights in Brazil until December 2019.

“In its report, the Commission gives an account of the progress made in that country in the last 20 years, (…) particularly in the consolidation of democracy and the rule of law,” said the President of the IACHR Antonia Urrejola, during a videoconference.

A delegation of the IACHR visited Brazil in November 2018, in what was the second “in loco” observation of the South American giant after a first visit in December 1995.

The report does not include the impact of the covid-19 pandemic in Brazil, which reported its first contagion in February 2020 and today, with its more than 358,000 deaths, it is the second country in the world with the most fatalities from the virus behind the United States.

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