The final report from the Brazilian Pandemics Commission will accuse Bolsonaro of genocide

The final report of the Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry (CPI), which is investigating the management of the pandemic carried out by the Brazilian government, will, among other things, call for allegations made by the President, Jair Bolsonaro, of crimes against humanity or genocide against indigenous people.

According to the Brazilian media GloboNews, the report of the Senate Commission is to be presented next Tuesday, then voted on and forwarded to the prosecutor so that they can decide on legal action against Bolsonaro.

The final report from the Brazilian Pandemics Commission will accuse Bolsonaro of genocide
The final report from the Brazilian Pandemics Commission will accuse Bolsonaro of genocide

In the Bolsonaro case, only the Attorney General’s Office (PGR) has the authority to take legal action against the Brazilian President.

The eleven crimes that the Commission will accuse President Bolsonaro of are: the crime of a fatal epidemic; Violation of preventive hygiene measures; illegal use of public funds; Incitement to crime; Forgery of private documents; Quackery – promotion of counterfeit medicines -; Excuses; Indigenous genocide; Crimes against humanity; Crime of responsibility; and murder for failing to fight the pandemic.

Responsible for presenting the report is ICC General Rapporteur Renan Calheiros, Senator of the Brazilian Democratic Movement (MDB), for whom all data and analysis collected during this six month term are “unanimous” on Bolsonaro’s negligence.

In addition to the president, the Coronavirus Commission wants to file charges against at least thirty people for various offenses, including embezzlement and theft.

It is not the first time that Bolsonaro has been accused of genocide against the indigenous peoples of Brazil. Last August, the Central Indigenous Peoples Organization of Brazil (APIB) filed a genocide lawsuit against the president based on a report describing how 1,162 people from up to 163 indigenous communities died as a result of the authorities’ administration.

The document alleges that Bolsonaro permitted genocide by omitting environmental functions that resulted in the dismantling of his public social security services, which in turn enabled the attack on his land, illegal logging and arson.

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