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Maduro makes Bolsonaro look palatable to UN Human Rights Council

UN Human Rights Council
The United Nations Human Rights Council. Photo: Eric Bridiers

After the world looked on open-mouthed as President Jair Bolsonaro delivered a heavy-handed speech at the United Nations General Assembly in September, it has become difficult to look to Brazil for any authority on human rights issues.

With severe accusations against indigenous communities and even nods to the country’s brutal military dictatorship (1964–1985), the conservative agenda of Brazil’s far-right government is now out in the open. Its first test, however, comes tomorrow, when Brazil, Venezuela, and Costa Rica battle it out for two seats on the UN Human Rights Council.

The UN General Assembly will elect 14 new members...

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