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Brazil: Protect Voting, Speech Rights (Human Rights Watch)

Brazil’s democratic institutions should protect voting and speech rights leading to the October 2022 presidential elections from any attempt by President Jair Bolsonaro to subvert the electoral system or undermine the rule of law and fundamental freedoms, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2022.

Brazil: Protect Voting, Speech Rights | Human Rights Watch (hrw.org)

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Evangelicals in Brazil are stronger today than ever before (Raphael Tsavkko Garcia, Al Jazeera)

In July 2015, Protestant pastor and theologian Ricardo Gondim raised the alarm about the growing power of evangelicals in Brazil. In a blog post titled God save us from an evangelical Brazil, the president of the progressive Bethesda Church warned that if they succeed in securing the support of a large enough segment of the Brazilian population, leaders of the evangelical movement would swiftly transform the secular and democratic country into a totalitarian theocracy.

Evangelicals in Brazil are stronger today than ever before | Opinions | Al Jazeera

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For Brazil co-op, price of first carbon-neutral coffee is sweet (Roberto Samora, Reuters)

A Brazilian coffee co-op received a price premium in its first sale of a batch of carbon-neutral arabica coffee that was near double that a product certified as sustainable but not carbon-neutral would achieve, officials at the company said.

For Brazil co-op, price of first carbon-neutral coffee is sweet | Reuters

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Amazon deforestation in Brazil surges to 15-year high (Al Jazeera)

Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest soared 22 percent in one year to the highest level since 2006, according to the government’s annual report, undercutting President Jair Bolsonaro’s assurances that the country is curbing illegal logging.

Brazil’s space research agency (INPE) said on Thursday that the country had recorded 13,235sq km (5,110 square miles) of deforestation in the world’s largest rainforest in its PRODES satellite data – an area nearly 17 times the size of New York City.

Amazon deforestation in Brazil surges to 15-year high | Climate Crisis News | Al Jazeera

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Violence targeting Indigenous people surges 61 percent in Brazil (Al Jazeera)

Violence against Indigenous people in Brazil surged by more than 60 percent last year, a rights group has said, as land invasions of Indigenous territories increased and the government failed to provide protection.

In its annual report, released on Thursday, on violence against the descendants of Brazil’s original inhabitants, the Catholic Church’s Indigenous Missionary Council (CIMI) said there were 182 murders of Indigenous people in 2020, compared with 113 murders in 2019, a 61 percent increase.

Violence targeting Indigenous people surges 61 percent in Brazil | Indigenous Rights News | Al Jazeera

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Petrobras’s stock rises on Bolsonaro’s privatisation comments (Al Jazeera)

State-run oil company Petrobras has seen its stock price trade up on comments from Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro that he is considering privatising the firm.

In addition to Bolsonaro’s comments on Monday, the second time this month, a Senate leader said studies were already under way regarding the dilution of the government’s share in the firm, news that helped boost the company’s shares to more than 7 percent.

Petrobras’s stock rises on Bolsonaro’s privatisation comments | Business and Economy News | Al Jazeera

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Will Brazil’s president be prosecuted for COVID-19 deaths? (Al Jazeera)

More than 600,000 Brazilians have died of COVID-19, the world’s second-highest death toll.

President Jair Bolsonaro famously dismissed the coronavirus as “a little flu”.

He touted misinformation and unproven treatments, even after contracting the virus himself.

Now a Senate inquiry says Bolsonaro should face charges including crimes against humanity.

The panel accused him of negligence, and intentionally letting the virus spread.

Bolsonaro says he is “guilty of nothing”.

But is he likely to face prosecution?

And could this lead to further political divisions in Brazil?

Presenter: Mohammed Jamjoom

Guests:

Gustavo Ribeiro – Founder, The Brazilian Report

Joao Nunes – Senior lecturer in international relations, University of York

Paulo Sotero – Distinguished fellow, Brazil Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center

Will Brazil’s president be prosecuted for COVID-19 deaths? | Coronavirus pandemic News | Al Jazeera

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Brazil’s Bolsonaro should face COVID charges: Senate inquiry (Al Jazeera)

The senator leading a congressional investigation into Brazil’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic has recommended that President Jair Bolsonaro face criminal charges – including homicide – over a catalogue of alleged government errors that led to the deaths of thousands of people.

A nearly 1,200-page draft document prepared by opposition Senator Renan Calheiros for a Senate committee that discussed the matter late on Tuesday began an inquiry in April which alleges that Bolsonaro turned down early opportunities for the government to acquire vaccines, delaying Brazil’s inoculation campaign at the cost of an estimated 95,000 lives.

Brazil’s Bolsonaro should face COVID charges: Senate inquiry | Coronavirus pandemic News | Al Jazeera

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Brazil’s assets sink on fears aid programme will hurt fiscal rule (Martha Beck, Rachel Gamarski, Vinícius Andrade, Bloomberg, Al Jazeera)

Brazilian assets tumbled on Tuesday, leading losses across the globe, on reports the government will breach the country’s spending cap rule to finance a new social program, hurting the fiscal position of Latin America’s largest economy.

The new aid program to the poorest, dubbed Auxilio Brasil, will give handouts of as much as 400 reais ($72) per individual, according to people with knowledge of the matter. That amount is higher than the economic team had said was possible, which should mean about 30 billion reais of the new expenses will bypass Brazil’s spending cap rule this year, one of the people said, asking not to be named because discussions are private.

Brazil’s assets sink on fears aid programme will hurt fiscal rule | Business and Economy News | Al Jazeera

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