ICC receives request to investigate Bolsonaro

Amazon burning

Groups including Brazil’s Human Rights Advocacy Collective (CADHu)┬áand the Dom Paulo Evaristo Arns Commission for Human Rights (Comiss├úo┬áArns)┬áon Nov. 25 submitted a written recommendation to Fatou Bensouda, chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), reporting the need for a preliminary examination into genocide and systematic attacks against indigenous people by the government of President Jair Messias Bolsonaro. This informative note walks through the dismantling of environmental protections in the Amazon rainforest, detailing how “[u]nder the pretext of developing the Amazon Region, the Bolsonaro Administration is turning government policy into encouragement for attacks on Brazil’s indigenous peoples and their lands.”┬áThe report further details the upsurge of deforestation and increased forest fires. Bolsonaro has dismissed urgent warnings from the┬áscientific community, and encouraged “crimes against humanity and the genocide of Brazil’s indigenous peoples and┬átraditional communities.”

From Jurist, Nov. 29. Used with permission.

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