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Statement by HRW about Decree that Weakens Anti-Torture Body

Expand Detainees at the Penitenciária Agro-Industrial São João (PAISJ) in Itamaracá. In August 2015, the prison housed 2,350 people in space officially designated to hold a maximum of 630.  Human Rights Watch is very concerned about a decree issued by president Jair Bolsonaro that eliminates the remuneration for the experts of the National Mechanism to Prevent and Combat Torture and fires its current members. In practice, the decree not only weakens the Mechanism but may make it inviable, since it will depend on volunteers who, in addition, cannot have links with civil society organizations…

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