Evan­gel­i­cal pas­tor in charge of hu­man rights

The Guardian - - WORLD - Dom Phillips

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.

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