Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was denounced at the United Nations (UN) for a “desperate situation” in which the country finds itself due to the worsening of the COVID-19 pandemic. The complaint was made this Monday by the Arns Commission and the non-governmental organization Conectas during a meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council.
The Arns Commission spokeswoman, Maria Hermínia Tavares de Almeida, said that Bolsonaro “disdains the recommendations of scientists and has repeatedly sown discredit in all protection measures such as wearing masks and social distance; he paralyzed the coordination capacity of the federal health authority and dismissed the importance of vaccines.”
In the statement, the two entities mention that the economic and sanitary measures adopted were determined by the Legislature and the Judiciary or implemented by the governors and mayors. “That is why we are here today to draw the attention of this Council and to point out President Bolsonaro’s responsibility to promote, by word and deed, a devastating humanitarian, social and economic tragedy in Brazil,” says the statement.
Brazil already has more than 11 million cases of COVID-19 and 278,000 deaths; the average number of deaths in the last seven days was 1,832 deaths per day.