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Brazilian: UN chief ‘totally confident’ in country’s democratic strength

Mr. Guterres tweeted his alarm at the violent scenes in Brasilia on Weekend, and the UN Country Group there also issued the statement strongly condemning the assault. UN News/Daniel Johnson

Democracy ‘moves forward’

The democratic function of Brazil will certainly move on ”, the particular UN chief said, including that “what matters would be that the rule of law functions, and democracy moves forward”. Responding to accusations from the President that he had stoked Sunday’s violence, Mr. Bolsonaro denied doing so, and tweeted that his supporters got crossed the line of peaceful protest. The OHCHR chief said accepting election outcomes following free, fair and transparent elections, has been “at the heart of essential democratic principles. Baseless allegations of electoral fraud undermine the right to political participation . He said the Government was grateful for all the messages of “support and solidarity” that had been received, including from the UN Secretary-General. “I condemn this particular attack on the heart associated with Brazilian democracy”, he added, describing it as “the culmination of the sustained distortion of facts and incitement to violence and hatred by political, social plus economic actors who have been fuelling an atmosphere of distrust, division, plus destruction by rejecting the end result of democratic elections. ” He or she called on authorities to keep prompt, impartial, effective and transparent investigations into Sunday’s violence and bring individuals responsible to account.

UN Secretary General António Guterres (centre) comments on the assault on Brazil’s democratic institutions at a press conference at the Palais de Nations, Geneva.
Mr. Bolsonaro left Brazil a few days before Leader Lula’s inauguration on one January, and is currently in the usa. He vigorously challenged the results of the 30 October run-off election.

We have been confident that the strength associated with Brazilian institutions will allow us to overcome the violent and lamentable incidents of yesterday ”, he said, “and allow us to move forward within the strength of our democratic institutions. ”

Culmination of ‘sustained distortion’

  “ My Office is ready to support the new Federal government in tackling the human rights issues Brazil is facing. ” But he said that he remained “absolutely convinced that Brazil can handle this situation” and ensure that those responsible are held accountable for their actions . Thousands of protesters – largely supporters of the country’s former right-wing president, Jair Bolsonaro who narrowly lost a bitterly contested selection in October, to his long-time leftist rival and former incumbent, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva — breached Congress, the Supreme Court and parts of the particular presidential palace.

Disinformation must stop

In a declaration released by his office on Monday, the EL human rights chief, Volker Türk, described Sunday’s scenes in the Brazilian capital, as “shocking”. According to information reports, around 1, two hundred were detained after the riots, many supporters of Mr. Bolsonaro who believe without having evidence, that the election had been stolen. Some supporters had been camping out since the election beat last year. He added that “disinformation and manipulation need to cease. I urge leaders from across Brazil’s political spectrum to work with each other to operate towards restoring trust in democratic institutions, and to promote general public dialogue and participation. ” During Sunday’s riots a minimum of eight journalists were bombarded or had equipment damaged, said Mr. Türk, which usually confirmed what he known as “a trend of escalating physical aggression against media in a context of high levels of political violence. ”

‘Violent and lamentable’ scenes: Ambassador

UN Secretary General António Guterres (centre) comments on the assault on Brazil’s democratic institutions in a press conference at the Palais de Nations, Geneva. Speaking at UN Headquarters on Monday outside the Safety Council pursuing the extension of Syria’s help lifeline for a further six months, Brazil’s ambassador Ronaldo Costa Filho, said that President Lula’s administration repudiated the violence, in the strongest possible terms”. Within comments to journalists upon Monday, Mr. Guterres declared that he had been shocked simply by reports that a mob had entered and ransacked government buildings on Sunday in Brasilia.


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