This year has been difficult for human rights in Brazil. An unprecedented number of human rights defenders are facing ever greater personal risks, and watchdogs condemned a series of moves by Congress that could bring about grave consequences.
Brazil’s political houses successfully passed a measure that could permit greater impunity for military personnel this year, and are eyeing measures that could further infringe indigenous and quilombo land rights next year. Net neutrality, after the U.S.’s recent decision, also causes concern among some activists.
However, 2017 heralded small victories for some human rights defenders, says Amnesty International.