Brazilian Civil Society Condemns New Anti-NGO Legislation

January 15, 2019

On January 2, 2019, the new Brazilian government introduced a provisional measure that would allow it to “supervise, coordinate, monitor and observe the activities and actions of international agencies and non-governmental organisations within national territory.” In response, civil society organizations have spoken out against the measure and highlighted the ways it violates rights guaranteed by the Constitution of Brazil and international law, such as freedom of association.

Conectas—a Brazilian NGO focused on human rights—notes that Brazil’s vibrant civil society has been an integral component to its stable democracy by “working towards better conditions in the areas of education and health, for individual freedom and equal access to rights, for access to information and freedom of expression…as well as many other issues.” Read its full statement here.


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