Brazilian Senate Passes Higher Penalty for Crimes Based on Color, Race or Sexual Orientation

The bill will be submitted to the Chamber and does not define the length of time the sentence may be extended. The text also provides for a higher penalty in case of a crime committed due to prejudice of ethnicity, religion and origin.

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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