Brazil: United Nations Human Rights Council criticizes the marginalization of minorities and poor populations after its austerity program

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In the beginning of August 2018, seven experts of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva made an appeal to Brazil for the reconsideration of the measures in the recent economic austerity program. They asked the Brazilian government to “put its people’s Human Rights in first place”. According to the Council, the policies harm directly the minorities, specially women, children and African descendants, aside from having significant impact on poor populations. Brazil, that has already been a model in fighting hunger and poverty, now must face alarming data. One of the  most startling fact is the first raise in the child mortality rate in 26 years.

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Autor(a): United Nations News

 “Marginalized groups suffer unduly harsh consequences due to Brazil’s economic policies of austerity, prompting United Nations rights experts to urge the Government to instead prioritize human rights”, 3 august 2018

People living in poverty, and other marginalized groups, are disproportionately suffering as a result of the stringent economic measures in a country once considered as an example of progressive policies to reduce poverty and promote social inclusion,” said a statement released by a group of seven UN human rights experts…[D]ata recently made available, reveals a rise in child mortality rates for the first time in 26 years, attributable in part to the Zika disease virus epidemic and economic crisis of recent years…[“S]ome of the financial and fiscal decisions made…affect the enjoyment of several rights, including to housing, food, water, sanitation, education, social security and health, and are worsening pre-existing inequalities”…[T]hey stressed that austerity measures, which have been popular across the world since the 2008 economic crisis, should never be the only -  or first - solution to tackling economic problems…[E]conomic crises do not justify cuts to services and social rights…[O]nce a champion in the fight against hunger and malnutrition, Brazil, is dramatically reversing major policies…[P]ublic spending is expected to remain capped for 20 years, further underscoring the need to review economic policies with a human rights lens…

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Autor(a): United Nations Human Rights Council (UNRHC)

…[A]…group of UN human rights experts is urging Brazil to reconsider its economic austerity programme and put the human rights of its population, who are suffering the harsh consequences, at the centre of its economic policies. “People living in poverty, and other marginalised groups, are disproportionately suffering as a result of the stringent economic measures in a country once considered as an example of progressive policies to reduce poverty and promote social inclusion”…[“D]ata recently made available reveals a rise in Brazilian child mortality rates for the first time in 26 years. This increase…is cause for serious concern, especially with the budgetary restrictions for the public health system, and other social policies…[“S]ome of the financial and fiscal decisions made in the last years affect the enjoyment of several rights, including to housing, food, water, sanitation, education, social security and health, and are worsening pre-existing inequalities…[“W]omen and children living in poverty are among those hit hardest, as are Brazilians of African descent, rural populations, and people living in informal settlements”…[T]he experts stressed that austerity measures should never be seen as the only or first solution to economic problems…[“A]usterity measures should be taken only with the most careful analysis of their impact…[T]he experts have engaged in a dialogue with the Government to express their concerns…

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