Sending Office: Honorable Raul M. Grijalva
Sponsors: Reps. Ro Khanna & Deb Haaland
Originals: Reps. Susan Wild, James P. McGovern, and Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr.
Endorsed by: The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), and Amazon Watch.
I invite you to join as an original of a resolution expressing concern regarding Brazil and efforts by the newly elected government to undermine human rights, the rule of law, democracy, fair elections and crucial environmental policies and protections.
On October 28th, 2018, far-right populist Jair Bolsonaro was elected in an election marred by the controversial disqualification of his leading opponent. Bolsonaro’s policy priorities and past record have already begun having profound negative
impact on minorities such as women, Brazil’s large indigenous population, LGBTQ+ individuals, and as we are seeing, have threatened Brazil’s rich environmental and ecological diversity. The United States, as the older democracy in North America and a long-standing
partner of Brazil must take a stance against the Bolsonaro Administration’s dangerous policies.
This resolution calls attention to several policy priorities of President Bolsonaro that will vastly impact marginalized individuals in Brazil such as indigenous groups, Afro-Brazilian residents and LGBTQ+ individuals, and requests to tighten control on
exploitation of the Amazon. President Bolsonaro has referred to indigenous communities living in protected areas of Brazil as “zoo animals.” Bolsonaro
has also made comments toward the Afro-Brazilian communities and “quilombola” areas stating that they “aren’t even good for procreation anymore.” Additionally,
Bolsonaro has publicly pledged that he would not allow a “centimeter of land ” to be demarcated for indigenous quilombolas, which are home to over a million Afro-Brazilian descendants of enslaved Africans.
The resolution highlights the importance of Brazil in leading global environmental protection efforts, given that 60% of the Amazon rainforest lies within the borders of Brazil. Specifically, this resolution focuses on the Administration’s directive to transfers
the authority of indigenous lands to the Ministry of Agriculture – known to be controlled by agribusiness interests – rather than focus on land rights and preservation goals. The Bolsonaro administration has announced their intent to open protected areas in
the Amazon rainforest to activities such as mining and logging, causing rampant deforestation and accelerating global warming.
This resolution also recognizes the importance of strengthening democracies in Latin America and around the globe and ensuring free and fair judicial processes to choose our government leaders. Specifically, this resolution highlights the wrongful incrimination
and imprisonment of former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva who was the leading candidate in Brazil’s latest election before he was jailed. The conviction of da Silva was biased given the fact that leaked communications exposed collusion between
the presiding judge, Sergio Moro, and prosecutors in da Silva’s case.
Please join us in speaking out to protect the human rights of all Brazilians, urging the Brazilian government to reduce deforestation and address allegation of unethical behavior by judicial authorities. If you have any questions or would like to be added
as cosponsor, please contact Marilyn Zepeda in my office at Marilyn.Zepeda@mail.house.gov.
Raúl M. Grijalva
Member of Congress
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