Outgoing United Nations Rapporteur Proposes International Inquiry Against Brazil

The report notes that Brazil was the deadliest country for environmental human rights activists in 2016, and ranked fourth in 2018, with figures pointing to an increase in 2019.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL  - For the first time in its democratic period, Brazil is the target of an official recommendation for the government to be the subject of an international investigation for its environmental and human rights policies.

The initiative came from UN special rapporteur Baskut Tunkat, responsible for toxic waste and human rights. His proposal is that the Human Rights Council should approve the opening of an investigation. However, to this end, governments would be required to present a draft resolution and pass the proposal by a majority vote.

For experienced negotiators, such a scenario today at the UN . . .

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