Brazil: counterterrorism bill endangers basic rights

Human Rights Watch, 11/13/2015

A counterterrorism bill under consideration in Brazil contains overbroad and vague language that endangers basic human rights such as freedom of association and expression, Human Rights Watch said today. Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies should reject the bill.

“Imprecise definitions of terrorism open the door to potential misuse of the law against people who have nothing to do with terrorism,” said Maria Laura Canineu, Brazil director at Human Rights Watch. “The Chamber of Deputies should safeguard the fundamental rights of all Brazilians and reject the bill.”

The Senate approved the bill, PLC 101/2015, on October 28, 2015. It is pending before the Chamber of Deputies.

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