International NGOs issue stark warning to Bolsonaro on climate change & human rights

03 November, 2018, 00:02 | Author: Myra Gill
  • US President Donald Trump speaks from the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington DC

The measure is not a consensus among agribusiness agents, and it also concerns environmentalist activities, who think the merge will cause more deforestation and rural violence. The former army captain is a far-right conservative leader.

It recalled that the process started with the administrative coup of August 2016 which removed former president Dilma Rousseff from power and replaced her with Michel Temer, who implemented a neoliberal austerity program. "People want the PT out, they can´t take any more corruption", said Tatiana Cunha, a 39-year-old systems analyst in the midst of the noisy celebrations. We urge you to make it one that leaves Brazil - and the world - a more just, more sustainable and more equal place than you found it.

Bolsonaro, a legislator and former military officer, campaigned on his own version of Trump's "America First" slogan and eagerly embraces the term "fake news" to describe critical press coverage.

Deforestation is responsible for about a fifth of greenhouse gas emissions and intensifies global warming.

"There has been a deindustrialisation for more than 30 years".

Activists are particularly anxious about the implications for the Amazon rainforest, the "lungs of the planet", which is already losing an area the size of Costa Rica to deforestation each year.

"I am certain that your election will lead to a great friendship between our nations and to a strengthening of Israel-Brazil ties", Netanyahu said in a phone call congratulating Bolsonaro on his win. And, like many, he is sure to face stiff pushback from groups concerned that his strong views will lead to policies that threaten democratic institutions.


The Paris deal aims to limit temperature rises to "well below" two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. "We can't go from a victory at the ballot box to chaos in Congress", Guedes told journalists.

One area where Bolsonaro can act immediately, however, is on indigenous rights.

The goal is to reduce by half some 29 ministries by combining others, such as Agriculture and Environment, said Deputy Onyx Lorenzoni, who may become Bolsonaro's next chief of staff. "Several NGO activists in different fields are getting threats..."

As an worldwide community of NGOs, we call on President Bolsonaro to use his position not just as a national leader, but as a global leader, to fulfill Brazil's global responsibilities to protect human rights, democracy and the environment, and to honour the agreements and conventions it has signed up to Governments and the worldwide business community must work to do the same.

Despite relatively robust legal protections, Brazil is already the deadliest place for environmentalists, with pressure group Global Witness recording 57 deaths of people protecting land there a year ago.

He has previously spoken out against lands reserved for indigenous tribes.

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