Judge Suspends Bolsonaro’s Decree to Fire Elected Anti-Torture Group Members

President Bolsonaro's decision to dismiss the entire team of the National Mechanism to Prevent and Combat Torture (MNPCT in Portuguese), would have had devastating effects on Brazil’s human rights situation say non-governmental entities and experts.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Rio de Janeiro court has suspended president Jair Bolsonaro's decree extinguishing the functions of the National Prevention and Fight Against Torture group, linked to the Ministry of Women, Family and Human Rights.

The preliminary decision was signed by Judge Osair Victor de Oliveira Jr., of the 6th District Court  of Rio de Janeiro.

It says that "it is not difficult to determine the clear illegality of the decree . . .

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