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Group’s Firing is Death Blow to Human Rights in Brazil, Say Experts

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The decision earlier this week by Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, to exonerate the entire team of the National Mechanism to Prevent and Combat Torture (MNPCT in Portuguese), will have devastating effects on Brazil’s human rights situation, say non-governmental entities and experts.

“The decree represents a direct retaliation for the complaints filed by the Mechanism. We have pointed out the systematic torture which is occurring in Brazil, not only now but for the past few years,’” Daniel Melo, one of the coordinators of the MNPCT fired on Tuesday . . .

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