Many thanks to Camila Asano, the program director at the São Paulo-based think tank Conectas, for joining WOLA’s podcast. Her country is going through a historically difficult—tragic—moment, and she explains why civil society there is a last bulwark against authoritarianism. We must accompany and protect many very brave people during this dark moment.
Thanks as well to WOLA Program Assistant Moses Ngong, who is playing a bigger role in helping me put these podcasts out. Here’s the text of the podcast landing page at wola.org.
Brazil is the second largest country in the hemisphere, but its many complex issues rarely make news in the U.S. In this episode of the WOLA podcast, Camila Asano, Director of Programs at the Brazilian human rights NGO Conectas, joins Adam Isacson and Moses Ngong to discuss recent and ongoing attacks on human rights and democracy in Brazil.
The conversation covers a handful of key issues facing the country today, including:
- How President Jair Bolsonaro’s administration has worked to antagonize and criminalize human rights defenders
- What the impact of COVID has been on the country, and the government’s poor response
- President Bolsonaro’s authoritarian actions attacking democracy and consolidating power
- Police brutality and reform efforts, especially in light of the recent massacre in the Jacarezinho favela.
- What Biden and human rights NGOs in the U.S. can do to support Brazilian civil society
Camila’s insights provide valuable context for several issues facing the country’s relatively young democracy and diverse civil society. Please enjoy!
Their publication on police violence at custody hearings can be found in English here.