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NGOs Say Bolsonaro Poses Risk to Minorities

RIO DE JANEIRO – International non-governmental organizations said on Sunday that the triumph of far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro, elected as the president of Brazil, poses a risk for minorities.

In the most controversial and polarized elections in recent years, Bolsonaro, who defends the Brazilian dictatorship (1964-1985), won the presidency, with 55 percent of the votes.

Amnesty International (AI), Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Greenpeace spoke on Sunday after hearing the result of the second round of the elections, announcing that there would be constant supervision in favor of the protection and respect of fundamental rights and the preservation of the environment.

According to AI, the victory of Bolsonaro, known for his sexist, homophobic and racist remarks, “could pose a huge risk to indigenous peoples and quilombolas, traditional rural communities, LGBTI people, black youth, women, activists and civil society organizations, if his rhetoric is transformed into public policy,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty International.

AI’s fears were echoed by HRW, which described Bolsonaro as a parliamentarian who has defended torture and spoken offensively about minorities.

“Human Rights Watch will closely monitor the rhetoric and actions of the Bolsonaro government,” said Jose Miguel Vivanco, Americas director at Human Rights Watch, in a statement released after the poll results.

The NGO called for the judiciary and other democratic institutions to resist any attempt to weaken human rights, the rule of law and democracy by Bolsonaro’s administration.

Brazil’s Greenpeace Campaign Director Nilo Davila said that nature cannot be seen as a mere economic resource, but as a guarantee of life for future generations, and called for a reduction in deforestation.

 

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