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22 Jun 2022


Brazil: UN experts urge "poison package" to be rejected, warning that its adoption will mark a monumental setback for human rights

Agência Pública

"Brazil: “Poison package” draft bill on pesticides will undermine rights protection say UN experts", 22 June 2022

...UN experts have urged the Brazilian Senate to reject a draft bill on pesticides, warning that its adoption will mark a monumental setback for human rights in the country.

...[T]he “poison package” – the experts warned that if the legislation is adopted, it would weaken regulations governing the use of pesticides in Brazil and expose persons of all ages, including farmers, workers, indigenous peoples and peasant communities to hazardous substances with potentially devastating consequences for their health and well-being...

“Instead of approving the draft bill, Brazil should be working to strengthen, not weaken, its regulatory framework on pesticides,” the experts said.

They called on the Brazilian government to pass and effectively enforce measures including bans on aerial spraying and prohibiting the use of pesticides near dwellings, schools, water resources, and other protected areas...

The UN experts also urged Brazil to address deficiencies in the country’s current laws to prevent exposure to pesticides for persons of all ages and backgrounds, including indigenous peoples, Afro-Brazilians, quilombola communities, women and girls, peasants, and other marginalized groups or persons at risk...