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Brazil's new economy minister highlights privatization, social security reform

Brazil's new economy minister highlights privatization, social security reform

Speaking a day after the inauguration of President Jair Bolsonaro, Pompeo said he and his Brazilian counterpart, Ernesto Araujo, discussed working together to restore democracy in Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua during a meeting in the Brazilian capital Brasilia.

In Brazil, has inspired the new ultra-right government under President Jair Bolsonaro with a number of corporate-friendly decisions in the markets. Areas set aside for "Quilombolas", as descendants of former slaves are known, are also affected by the decision.

Within the extra beneficial to his allies in agribusiness, which have criticised giving giant swaths of lands to native teams, Bolsonaro transferred the obligations for delineating indigenous territories from the Justice Ministry to the Agriculture Ministry.

Tereza Cristina Dias, Bolsonaro's new agriculture minister, used to be the head of the farm caucus in Brazil's Congress, which has long pushed for an end to land measures that it argues hold back the agricultural sector. The new Minister of Human Rights, Family and Women is opposed to against abortion and sex education.

The plan additionally strikes the Brazilian Forestry Service, which promotes the sustainable use of forests and is at present linked to the Surroundings Ministry, underneath Agriculture Ministry management.

Human rights lawyer Renata Avila wrote Thursday that such praise by powerful far-right politicians make it imperative for progressives around the world to join in Brazilians' fight to "neutralize" the destruction Bolsonaro is intent on causing.

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Bolsonaro, who enjoys strong support from Brazil's powerful agribusiness sector, said during his campaign he was considering such a move, arguing that now protected lands should be opened to commercial activities. -Renata Avila, human rights lawayerLGBTQ activist Symmy Larrat told the Associated Press that she expects issues affecting her community to be ignored by Bolsonaro's government, and likely made far worse, considering the president's description of himself as a "proud homophobe".

"Less than one million people live in those places isolated from the real Brazil", Bolsonaro tweeted Wednesday.

Indigenous leader Sonia Guajajara said the presidential order aims to dismantle protections for Brazil's indigenous communities. "We are going to integrate these citizens and respect all Brazilians". The new president has said he would rather have a dead son than a gay one, and has called "gender-based ideology" a threat to the country's Christian values.

Jair Bolsonaro controversially emerged victorious in Brazil's national elections a year ago despite huge public outcry.

Jose Miguel Vivanco, director of the Americas division of Human Rights Watch, said the decree on NGOs could be viewed in a positive light, but also expressed concerns. "We don't see any signs there will be any other government infrastructure to handle LGBT issues", she said.

Brazilian newspaper Folha de São Paulo has reported that Bolsonaro will later announce the closing of an agency within the Education Ministry whose goal has been promoting diversity in public schools and universities.


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