Evangelical pastor in charge of human rights
Brazil’s far-right president-elect, Jair Bolsonaro, is to abolish the country’s ministry of human rights and has named a conservative evangelical pastor to run a new ministry that will oversee women, family, human rights and indigenous people.
The plan has prompted outcry from feminist groups, indigenous activists and LGBT campaigners, who fear it indicates that human rights will be downgraded.
The new minister, Damares Alves, is a lawyer and congressional aide who co-founded a group that rescues indigenous children from risky situations and evangelises in indigenous communities. She opposes abortion, which is illegal in Brazil in most cases, and says women were born to be mothers.