Brazil calls for safeguarding indigenous people’s health after Bolsonaro’s ‘abandonment’ during COVID-19

The new Brazilian government, led by President Lula da Silva, intends to propose that the World Health Organization (WHO) systematically address the health of indigenous peoples, including by training indigenous health workers.

Brazil will propose that the WHO set up a project on the health of indigenous peoples at the body’s executive board meeting, Santiago Alcazar, the former WHO chief in Brazil, told a discussion convened by the Geneva Global Health Hub (G2H2) on Monday, which it starts. Weekend.

Alcazar was addressing a G2H2 discussion on authoritarianism in a pandemic, which focused on Holocaust of Permanent People’s Tribunal (ppt) that the former of Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro was “liable for crimes against humanity” during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Indigenous peoples, Black people, and colombo (descendants of runaway slaves) by the Bolsonaro administration’s “rejection of isolation, social distancing, [COVID] Prevention, and Vaccination”, which was established in 1979 to expose the violation of human rights of common people across the world, according to ppt.

“Contrary to the consensus position of scientists around the world and the recommendations of the WHO, Bolsonaro not only ensured that the Brazilian population did not adopt the planned measures to limit infection but also repeatedly created various obstacles for them, thereby His own government’s efforts to protect the population failed. from the virus,” according to the judgment of Ppt.

Bolsonaro is notorious for declaring during the pandemic: “Everyone has to die one day. We have to stop being a nation of sisters.

During the height of the pandemic, there were reports of people being buried in mass graves in Manaus in the Amazon as cemeteries struggled to cope with the death toll. In June 2020, as the death toll mounted, Bolsonaro’s government stopped publishing statistics on COVID-19 infections and deaths.

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Covid’s ‘genocide weapon’

G2H2 co-chair Nicoleta Dantico, who was part of the PPT jury that heard the evidence against Bolsonaro, said the tribunal had drawn global attention to Bolsonaro’s “genocidal weaponization of Covid”.

Dentico indicated that holding public hearings was one of the few tools civil society can use against authoritarian governments during a pandemic.

PPT Secretary Gianni Togoni told the meeting that the Human Rights Defense Commission Dom Paulo Evaristo Arnes, the Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB), the Black Coalition for Rights and Public Services International (PSI) have requested the hearing.

He argued that Bolsonaro and his government “intentionally spread COVID-19”, causing an estimated 480,000 unnecessary deaths, affecting “mainly indigenous populations, people of color and health workers”.

Brazilian human rights lawyer Eloisa Machado said the Bolsonaro government had “a deliberate project to spread COVID-19”, yet the country’s general prosecutor, aligned with the former president, is interested in investigating any criminal activity Did not keep

“There was a clear recommendation to follow recommendations that were not supported clinically, there was an opposition to adopting measures to reduce the movement of people, and there was also a clear rule against using masks,” Machado said.

defamatory claims

“States and municipalities also did not have the financial resources to fight COVID-19, there was laxity in procuring vaccines and there was a lack of vaccination campaigns,” Machado said.

While a parliamentary commission found that Bolsonaro was propagating the pandemic by failing to implement preventive measures, conditions in the country were not conducive to openly challenging a “democratically elected dictator”, Machado said. .

There have been court actions against some of Bolsonaro’s more outlandish claims – such as that a person could get AIDS from a COVID-19 vaccine – but nothing to highlight the systemic way in which he instead of trying to contain COVID-19 on a large scale 19 adopted a deliberate policy of transition. To protect the people.

As a result, civil society organizations chose to approach the PPT for a hearing to show that there was a systemic policy that particularly affected the country’s most vulnerable people.

“We believe that judicial interpretation of the PPT decision can be used to bring about justice, except in a symbolic realm,” Machado said. Crimes against indigenous populations committed during epidemics.

Emergency in Yanomami

Alcazar, who now works for the Fiocruz Foundation, said indigenous communities were left out during COVID-19. Last week, the government declared a state of emergency in the Yanomami region, Brazil’s largest indigenous region, in response to severe malnutrition.

During Bolsonaro’s reign, illegal gold miners were operating freely in the area, often clashing violently with local people, and the health system was neglected.

“Brazil has 2.7% of the world’s population, but it accounts for 11% of deaths due to COVID,” Alcazar said.

Image credits: Al Jazeera.

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