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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - On Wednesday, November 25th, the Senate passed a bill that provides a higher penalty for crimes committed based on race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin or sexual orientation.

With the approval, the bill will be put to a vote in the Chamber of Deputies. However, the text does not define the length of time the sentence may be extended in these cases.

In Brazil, discrimination and prejudice based on race, color, ethnicity, religion or national origin is a crime. In addition, the Federal Supreme Court (STF) has since 2019 recognized the crimes of homophobia and transphobia . . .

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