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Brazil Grants Asylum to 21,000 Venezuelans in a Single Day

Expand Venezuelan children play in a refugee shelter in Boa Vista, Roraima state, Brazil, August 26, 2018. © 2018 Lucas Dantas for Human Rights Watch On December 5, Brazil’s refugee agency (CONARE) granted asylum to 21,432 Venezuelans . Until then, CONARE had granted asylum to a total of just 263. There are currently 224,000 Venezuelans living in Brazil. In June, CONARE concluded that “serious and widespread violations of human rights” exist in Venezuela, paving the way for the mass recognition of refugee status under the 1984 Cartagena Declaration, which provides guidance to Latin American…

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