“This year’s general election in Brazil will be a test for the country’s democracy due to the threats of far right president Jair Bolsonaro, who has questioned the validity of his voting system,” he said Thursday Maria Laura Canineu, directora de Human Rights Watch in Brazil.
In its annual report on rights abuses around the world, the group based in Washington he urged the Supreme Federal Court, Congress and other democratic institutions in Brazil to remain vigilant and resist any attempt by Bolsonaro to undermine the October elections.
“Your government has promoted policies contrary to human rights in several areas, including the rights of indigenous peoples, the rights of women, the rights of persons with disabilities, and freedom of expression,” the report says.
“President Bolsonaro tried to weaken the pillars of democracy, attacking the judiciary and repeating unfounded accusations of electoral fraud,” Canineu added. The president’s office did not respond to a request for comment on the report. Bolsonaro plans to seek re-election in October, although he has not formally announced his candidacy, Reuters reported.
“Brazil registered in 2020 the highest number of deaths resulting from police action since the indicator began to be followed and about 80% of the victims were black people,” the organization said, adding: “Bolsonaro has promoted police violence and He has defended a bill that seeks to make it more difficult for police officers to answer for cases of abuse.
“His government launched criminal investigations against his critics, including with the use of the National Security Law of the 1964-1985 military dictatorship that he defends,” he said. Bolsonaro has promoted bills to deny the right of many indigenous peoples to their traditional lands and, in practice, legalize illegal mining in those territories.
“During his administration, deforestation in the Amazon rainforest has skyrocketed to the highest level since 2006, as the government’s own data shows,” Human Rights Watch said.