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International Criminal Court rejects action against Jair Bolsonaro
International Criminal Court, The Hague
International Criminal Court, The Hague Credit: OSeveno (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

The International Criminal Court (ICC), based in The Hague, rejected the complaint filed in early April by the Brazilian Association of Jurists for Democracy (ABJD) against the President Jair Bolsonaro for a crime against humanity committed during his government's conduct in the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Prosecutor Mark P. Dillon, head of the ICC's Information and Evidence Unit, stated that "the conduct described does not appear to fall within the strict definitions of the Rome Statute".

Dillon also said, "The information submitted will be kept in our files, and the decision not to proceed (the investigations) may be reconsidered if new facts or evidence provide a reasonable (evidence) basis for believing that a crime under the jurisdiction of the Court has been committed."

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Bolsonaro to a journalist: "My wish is to punch you in the mouth"
Bolsonaro to a journalist: "My wish is to punch you in the mouth"
Credit: Alan Santos/PR (Public Domain)

The Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said Sunday to a journalist that his "wish is to punch you in the mouth".

Bolsonaro stated after being questioned by the "O Globo" newspaper reporter about money transferred by an ally to the First Lady Michelle Bolsonaro.

The money transfers, by Flávio Bolsonaro's former adviser Fabrício Queiroz, to Michelle Bolsonaro were made from 2011 and 2016 and totalled R$72,000. Queiroz's wife transfered another R$17,000 to the first lady in 2011.

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Brazilian government lifts four-month ban on foreign air travel
Temperature screening at São Paulo International Airport
Temperature screening at São Paulo International Airport Credit: Ricardo Stuckert

Despite still having a daily average of more than 1,000 deaths by Covid-19, the Brazilian government decided to reopen its borders to foreign visitors arriving by plane. Jair Bolsonaro signed, this Wednesday, an ordinance revoking the ban that was in place since the end of March.

The ordinance states, "The foreign passenger on a visit to the country for a short stay, of up to ninety days, must present to the transport company, before boarding, proof of purchase of health insurance valid in Brazil and with coverage for the entire period of the trip, under penalty of being prevented from entering national territory by the migratory authority due to provocation by the health authority ".

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Brazilian first-lady Michelle Bolsonaro tests positive for Covid-19
Michelle Bolsonaro
Michelle Bolsonaro Credit: Alan Santos/PR (Public Domain)

Brazil's first lady, Michelle Bolsonaro, tested positive for Covid-19, the Brazilian Government announced Thursday.

In a statement, the Presidency also said that Michelle's health is good and that she will follow "all established protocols" for treating the disease.

The first lady's test came back positive days after President Jair Bolsonaro announced that he had been cured of the disease.

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Jair Bolsonaro is denounced in The Hague for genocide and crimes against humanity
Jair Bolsonaro, promoting hydroxychloroquine as a Covid-19 treatment
Jair Bolsonaro, promoting hydroxychloroquine as a Covid-19 treatment

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was denounced Sunday for crimes against humanity and genocide at the International Criminal Court, based in The Hague. The initiative is led by UNISaúde, a coalition of entities representing more than one million health workers in Brazil.

UNISaúde accuses the Brazilian president of "serious and deadly failures" in conducting the response to the Covid-19 pandemic. "In the understanding of the coalition, there are indications that Bolsonaro committed a crime against humanity during his administration in the face of the pandemic, by adopting negligent and irresponsible actions, which contributed to the more than 80 thousand deaths in the country"

According to Marcio Monzane, regional secretary UNI Americas: "The Bolsonaro government should be blamed for its insensitive action in the face of the pandemic and for refusing to protect Brazilian health workers as well as the Brazilian population, which he promised to defend when he became president,"

Health
Brazilian study shows that hydroxychloroquine has no effect against Covid-19
Brazilian study shows that hydroxychloroquine has no effect against Covid-19
Credit: Marcelo Casal/Agencia Brasil

A new study concluded that among patients hospitalised with mild-to-moderate Covid-19, the use of hydroxychloroquine did not improve clinical status at 15 days as compared with standard care. The study was conducted by Brazilian researchers and published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

President Jair Bolsonaro advocates the drug as a form of treatment for Covid-19.

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Brazil: Slash-and-burn will be paused in the rainforest
Brigadistas of Prevfogo / Ibama participate in joint operation to fight fires in the Amazon
Brigadistas of Prevfogo / Ibama participate in joint operation to fight fires in the Amazon Credit: Ibama from Brasil / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

By decree, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro and Minister of the Environment Ricardo Salles have banned the slash-and-burn practice in the Amazon rainforest for 4 months.

A study published by the US science journal "Science" shows that about a fifth of Brazil's annual soy and beef exports to the European Union come from illegally cleared areas. Around 500,000 tons of soy from illegal deforestation in Brazil was exported into the European Union between 2009 and 2017. Bolsonaro is repeatedly criticized for its environmental policy by economy and environmentalists. At the moment, investors distancing themselves from his environmental policy and are calling on the government to take concrete steps against the destruction of the rainforest.

60 per cent of the world's tropical rainforest is located in Brazil. This year 25 per cent more forest was destroyed than in the same period in 2019.

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Bolsonaro watered-down law that protects indigenous people against Covid-19
Bolsonaro watered-down law that protects indigenous people against Covid-19

The Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro published, with vetoes, on Wednesday a new law aimed at protecting indigenous communities against Covid-19.

Among the points were those assuring access to drinking water, free distribution of hygiene products like soap and toothpaste, cleaning and disinfection materials for indigenous communities and mandatory emergency funds for indigenous people’s health.

Bolsonaro also removed articles regarding the emergency provision of additional hospital beds and intensive care units to indigenous people, and the acquisition of ventilators and blood oxygenation machines were also turned down.

In a blog post, the Articulation of Brazil’s Indigenous Peoples (APIB), stated: "that indigenous leaders and organizations do not bend to government discourse and do not allow a government that is openly anti-indigenous to weaken and disunity the struggle that until now, indigenous peoples, with rare exceptions, have wisely managed to carry on."

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Facebook removes accounts linked to Bolsonaro's family
Screenshot of a post by one of the accounts
Screenshot of a post by one of the accounts Credit: Facebook Reproduction

Facebook announced Wednesday the removal of 35 accounts, 14 Pages, 1 Group and 38 Instagram accounts that were involved in coordinated inauthentic behavior in Brazil. Although the people behind this activity attempted to conceal their identities and coordination, Facebook investigation found links to individuals associated with the Social Liberal Party and some of the employees of the offices of Anderson Moraes, Alana Passos, Eduardo Bolsonaro, Flavio Bolsonaro and Jair Bolsonaro.

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Jair Bolsonaro tests positive for Covid-19
Jair Bolsonaro (centre) pictured at the United States Independence celebration on July 4.
Jair Bolsonaro (centre) pictured at the United States Independence celebration on July 4. Credit: Isac Nóbrega/PR

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has tested positive for Covid-19, after being tested on Monday with developing symptoms, including a high temperature.

In an interview earlier today, Bolsonaro said: "It started on Sunday, with a certain indisposition, it got worse on Monday, with tiredness, indisposition and a fever of 38 degrees. The president's doctor, pointing out the Covid-19 contamination, went to do a CT scan at the hospital. The medical team decided to give hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin. As I wake up a lot during the night, after midnight I felt an improvement, at 5 am I took the second dose, and I'm feeling good "

On July 4yh, Bolsonaro attended a celebration at the United States Embassy in Brasilia with some of his close allies and was photographed not using a mask.

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Jair Bolsonaro sanctions law about mandatory mask usage in public. Shops, churches and schools are excluded.
Jair Bolsonaro
Jair Bolsonaro Credit: Marcos Corrêa/PR

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has sanctioned a law making mask usage mandatory in public spaces, but he has vetoed their use in schools, churches and shops. Bolsonaro also vetoed articles requiring the free distribution of masks to the population and a campaign to explain why masks should be used.

Marcelo Freixo, a representative from Rio de Janeiro, tweeted: "He cancelled the mandatory use of masks in schools, shops and temples. And it also removed the duty of the public power to provide it to the poorest. We will overturn this criminal decision in Congress!"

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Judge orders Jair Bolsonaro to wear a face mask in public
Jair Bolsonaro (without mask) in Brasilia, Brazil
Jair Bolsonaro (without mask) in Brasilia, Brazil Credit: Marcos Corrêa/PR

Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro has been ordered by federal judge Renato Borelli to wear a face mask when circulating in public in Brasilia or face a $390 per day fine.

Borelli stated the president "has exposed other people to the contagion of a disease that has caused national commotion,".

The same decision also applies to all employees and contractors of the federal government in Brasilia.

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Brazil's Education Minister steps down
Abraham Weintraub, former Education Minister
Abraham Weintraub, former Education Minister Credit: Marcelo Camargo/Agência Brasil

Brazilian Education Minister Abraham Weintraub on Thursday announced he was stepping down to take a role at the World Bank.

Weintraub, a fervent ideological defender of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, made his announcement in a short video posted to his Twitter page, reading from a prepared statement and then hugging the president.

In recent days Brazilian news sources speculated Weintraub was about to be fired, particularly after his comments about the Supreme Court. The court is currently overseeing a series of potentially explosive investigations involving Bolsonaro and his inner circle, and tension has soared between the president and its justices.

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Needing support in Congress, Bolsonaro restores Ministry of Communications
Fábio Faria
Fábio Faria Credit: Billy Boss/Câmara dos Deputados

The Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced Wednesday on his Facebook account he has decided to recreate the Ministry of Communications, that had been closed in 2016. In this new configuration, the ministry will control the government’s €24 million advertising budget and the distribution of radio and tv broadcast licenses.

The head of the new ministry will be Fabio Faria of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) party and also a son-in-law of the owner of Brazil’s third-largest television network.

Bolsonaro has approached the PSD as part of a strategy to build sufficient support in Congress to block any of two dozen pending requests to impeach him.

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Former Health Secretary: Brazil could already have 4 million Covid-19 cases
Wanderson de Oliveira during a press conference
Wanderson de Oliveira during a press conference Credit: José Dias/PR

Wanderson de Oliveira, the former Ministry of Health’s National Surveillance Secretary of Brazil, stated on Sunday that the actual number of Covid-19 infections in the country could be six times higher than the officially reported, totalling between 3.5 and 4 million cases.

During a webcast, Oliveira criticised the quality of the testing used in the country.

Oliveira resigned on May 25 over how President Jair Bolsonaro has handled the pandemic.

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Brazilian Government hides Covid-19 historical data amid rising death toll
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro with his cabinet
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro with his cabinet Credit: Carolina Antunes/PR

Brazil is limiting the amount of data it publishes about Covid-19 cases and deaths as the government of President Jair Bolsonaro grows uncomfortable with the criticism about its handling of the outbreak.

The Health Ministry of Brazil announced Friday it would only be reporting cases and deaths in the past 24 hours, no longer giving a total figure as most countries do.

Former Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta said on Saturday: “From a health perspective, it’s a tragedy ... Not giving out the information makes the state more harmful than the disease.”. Mandetta also likened Bolsonaro's orders to an information blackout on a meningitis epidemic during the nation’s military regime.

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Brazil: Jair Bolsonaro threatens to pull out of WHO
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro meets evangelical leaders
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro meets evangelical leaders Credit: Isac Nóbrega/PR

President Jair Bolsonaro threatened on Friday to follow the US and pull Brazil out of the World Health Organization. The thread follows a warning from the U.N. agency to Latin American governments about the risk of lifting lockdowns before slowing the spread of the coronavirus throughout the region.

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Former president of Brazil calls for impeachment of Bolsonaro
Luis Inácio Lula da Silva
Luis Inácio Lula da Silva Credit: Ricardo Stuckert

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the former president of Brazil, has publicly called for the impeachment of current president Jair Bolsonaro. In a call with CNN from his self-quarantine at home after he recently got out of jail, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva criticized how Bolsonaro handles the Covid-19 pandemic as well as the economic collapse of the country.

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Brazil House Speaker says he will decide on Bolsonaro's impeachment at 'appropriate time'
Interview with Rodrigo Maia (right)
Interview with Rodrigo Maia (right) Credit: UOL (Reproduction)

During an interview this Monday the speaker of Brazil's lower house of Congress, Rodrigo Maia, stated that he would decide whether to open impeachment proceedings against President Jair Bolsonaro at "the appropriate time." and "with care."

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Brazil: Police disperse anti-Bolsonaro protesters in São Paulo
Anti-Bolsonaro protesters
Anti-Bolsonaro protesters Credit: Pam Santos

São Paulo state police used tear gas to disperse hundreds of demonstrators in Brazil’s largest city on Sunday as groups protesting and supporting President Jair Bolsonaro neared a clash.

The demonstration by several hundred black-clad members was the largest anti-Bolsonaro street protest since the Covid-19 pandemic started and organised by fan clubs of soccer clubs Corinthians, São Paulo and Palmeiras.