Brazil: Human Rights Campaigners sound alarm about proposed anti-terrorism laws before World Cup

Posted on April 22, 2014 • Filed under: Brazil, Police/Military Activity, Politics, Terrorism reported that campaigners fear legislation being introduced for the tournament will be used to suppress anti-government protests.
Human rights campaigners have sounded the alarm about proposed Brazilian anti-terrorism legislation that they fear will be used to crack down on legal protests during the World Cup.

The government says that it needs the new law before the tournament, which kicks off on 12 June, because the high-profile international event could be a target for violent extremists. But lawyers, politicians, NGOs and protest organisers warn that the current wording of a bill submitted to the Brazilian National Congress is dangerously vague and could allow security forces unprecedented powers to arrest demonstrators. Read Article

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