Urgent Action: INVESTIGATE MISHANDLING OF THE PANDEMIC (Brazil: UA 108.21)

October 28, 2021

On October 27, 2021, the Parliamentary Inquiry Commission delivered to the Federal Public Ministry its final report on the mishandling of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has resulted in more than 600,000 deaths and countless human rights violations. The Attorney General, who heads the Public Ministry, has until November 26, 2021, to decide whether to open an investigation based on the report. Due to the potential human rights impact of the actions and omissions identified by the Commission, we call on the Attorney General to instruct the Public Ministry to investigate these allegations.

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TAKE ACTION:

  1. Please take action as-soon-as possible. This Urgent Action expires on November 26, 2021.
  2. Write a letter in your own words or using the sample below as a guide to one or both government officials listed. You can also email, fax, call or Tweet them.
  3. Click here to let us know the actions you took on Urgent Action 108.21. It’s important to report because we share the total number with the officials we are trying to persuade and the people we are trying to help.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Mr. Augusto Aras, Attorney General
SAF Sul Quadra 4 Conjunto C
Brasília/DF- Brazil – Postal Adress 70050-900
Email: [email protected]
Ambassador Nestor Forster Jr.
Embassy of Brazil
3006 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington DC 20008
Phone: 202 238 2700 I Fax: 202 238 2827
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @BrazilinUSA
Facebook: @BrazilianEmbassy
Instagram: @brazilinusa
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

SAMPLE LETTER

Mr. Attorney General,

Amnesty International has been closely following the unfolding of investigations being carried out at the Parliamentary Inquiry Commission and believes to be essential to hold those involved in the mishandling of the pandemic of Covid-19 into account. It is imperative to ensure accountability for the human rights violations committed in the context of the Brazilian government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic, which has produced an unprecedented crisis in the country.

In October 2021, Brazil reached the record of 600,000 COVID-19 deaths, the second highest in the world. Many of these deaths could have been avoided if authorities had put people’s lives at the center of its decisions. But instead, arguing economic and political concerns, they deliberately minimized the impact of the pandemic on specific groups, promoted treatments without scientific evidence, and failed to secure enough vaccines for its population and to ensure essential supplies such as oxygen, as well as to protect groups who faced greater threats due to historic discrimination and inequality.

Due to the potential human rights impact of the actions and omissions identified by the Parliamentary Inquiry Commission, Amnesty International urges you to instruct the Federal Public Ministry to investigate these allegations.

Sincerely,

[YOUR NAME]

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