Amnesty International criticizes Brazilian government for monitoring NGOs at UN climate event

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Amnesty International criticizes Brazilian government for monitoring NGOs at UN climate event


A Amnesty International this Saturday, the 17th, criticized the Brazilian government for appointing agents of the Brazilian Intelligence Agency (Abin) to monitor the participation of NGOs and social movements in the United Nations Climate Conference (COP-25) last year. The lookout was revealed last Sunday by Estadão and it was publicly admitted by the chief minister of the Institutional Security Office (GSI), Augusto Heleno, on Friday, 16, when he wrote on his Twitter account that the agency should follow international campaigns supported by “bad Brazilians”.

“The news recently published by the press about the monitoring of social movements and non-governmental organizations that participated in the United Nations Climate Summit (COP 25) held in Madrid in December last year is serious,” says Amnesty International’s note. “Techniques of surveillance and monitoring of political opponents were practices used systematically during the military regime in Brazil and subsidized, for many years, serious violations of human rights”, the text follows.



The Minister of the Institutional Security Office (GSI), General Augusto Heleno


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The Minister of the Institutional Security Office (GSI), General Augusto Heleno


The organization also criticized the fact that Heleno classified members of non-governmental organizations and social movements with whom the government maintains a conflicting relationship as “bad Brazilians”.

“International law determines that individuals subjected to these monitoring practices are entitled to judicial remedies and redress from the State for violations of their human rights,” says the Amnesty International note, which considered the government’s initiative “serious”, “especially because Brazil has a recent past of political persecution during the period of the military regime, which lasted 21 years “.

The organization also criticized the 1979 Amnesty Law, and mentioned that the Inter-American Court of Human Rights – the international body responsible for applying the American Convention on Human Rights, to which Brazil is a signatory – recently determined that human rights violations against political opponents during the military regime was a crime against humanity.

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