Controversial Pastor Confirmed to Head Brazilian Human Rights Committee

Posted on March 7, 2013 • Filed under: Brazil, Human Rights Latin America, Politics, Religion

On March 7, 2013, O Estado de São Paulo reported that Marco Feliciano (PSC-SP), a pastor the Assembly of God church network, was confirmed this morning in a controversial vote held by current members of the federal government’s Human Rights Committee.  In a vote of 11-0 (one abstained), Mr. Feliciano was elected the leader in a closed setting, out of the view of protesters and activists outside.  Mr. Feliciano noted that his “Christian spirit” will not falter as he takes leadership.  The vote was made possible because the current ruling government, in gaining Mr. Feliciano’s party in the coalition, ceded the right to head the Human Rights Committee to his party, the Christian Social Party.  Read Article

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