Brazil’s Supreme Court Rules Government Must Protect Tribes from Covid-19

A majority of the justices voted to give the government 30 days to draw up a plan to reduce the threat to indigenous people from COVID-19, which could wipe out some tribes.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - (Reuters) Brazil’s Supreme Court (STF) ruled on Wednesday, August 5th, that President Jair Bolsonaro’s government must adopt measures to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus to the country’s vulnerable indigenous communities.

Nine of the eleven Justices (two did not take part in the decision) confirmed a temporary order issued on July 8th by Justice Luis Roberto Barroso, and voted to give the government 30 days to draw up a plan to reduce the threat to indigenous people from COVID-19, which could wipe out some tribes.

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