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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A decree published last year by the Bolsonaro government establishing the "conciliation centers" designed to assess IBAMA and ICMBio fines before they can be legally challenged, has virtually halted the punishment of environmental crimes in Brazil. This is the claim made by the Climate Observatory based on data collected under the Access to Information Act (LAI).

Decree 9.760, of April 2019, suspended the collection of fines until a conciliation hearing was held. The measure, designed by Environment Minister Ricardo Salles, was justified as an attempt to compel the monitoring bodies to reach an agreement, thereby . . .

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