Speech was given during a session of the Human Rights Council, in which Minister Damares Alves also highlighted the measures taken by Brazil during the Covid-19 crisis
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ernesto Araújo, spoke on Monday, 22, during the opening of the 46th session of the Board of Human rights gives United Nations (UN). At the beginning of his speech, the minister stated that “fundamental freedoms are today threatened by growing challenges”, and the “crisis of Covid-19 it only contributed to exacerbating these trends ”. Despite emphasizing that it does not criticize “the lockdown or similar ”, Araújo defended that“ whole societies are getting used to the idea that it is necessary to sacrifice freedom in the name of health“And that” a lockdown of the human spirit cannot be accepted “. Subsequently, the holder of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs he continued his speech criticizing “technototalitarianism”, which he classified as being from “blocking platforms and websites to controlling content and information”, in addition to “judicial measures and laws that criminalize online activities” and “abusive or mistake of algorithms ”.
“The rising tide of control of the internet by different actors, driven by economic or ideological goals, needs to be stopped. Information and communication technologies have brought the promise of new platforms for freedom of expression, easier and wider access to information. But these technologies they have been increasingly subjected to censorship, surveillance and the creation of social control mechanisms ”, he defended. He concluded his speech by saying that Brazil invites everyone to discuss freedom of expression in the face of new technologies so that they work for, and not against, human rights.
To the minister Damares Alves also spoke to the United Nations Human Rights Council on Monday, 22. His speech, however, focused on the measures that were taken by the Brazil in relation to the most vulnerable groups in society in the face of new coronavirus pandemic. She pointed out that “natives, quilombolas and other isolated peoples benefited from more than 700 thousand basic baskets to keep them in their communities, away from contamination areas ”. In this sense, she also stressed that the Brazilian government is taking care of the people of Amazon through the “Abrace Marajó” sustainable development program.
The head of the Ministry of Women, Family and Human Rights also pointed out that in 2020 the largest budget for women in the last five years was implemented and that more than 500 guardianship councils for children and adolescents who were victims of violence were equipped. However, the priority, according to her, was the elderly. “We have passed on more than $ 30 million to over 3,900 long-term institutions to ensure safe shelter during the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said. Damares also mentioned the investigation of crimes of violence against the elderly and the fact that people of this age group were prioritized in the vaccination campaign against the new coronavirus. Upon concluding her speech, the minister reiterated that Brazil “remains firm in the defense of democracy, freedom, family and life from the conception”, thus recalling the position anti-abortion from the country.