One month ahead of the start of the World Cup, Amnesty International has warned of a crackdown on freedom of expression as Brazil moves to pass a ‘terrorism’ law that could criminalise peaceful protest before the tournament starts there in June.
The new law, which is due to be voted on in the Brazilian Senate any day now, would see the creation of the crime of ‘disorder’ in order to control protests.
The proposal only offers a vague definition of ‘disorder’ and contains articles that could lead to the criminalisation of any citizen attending a public demonstration, even if they are not doing anything illegal...
The legislation would also create the crime of ‘terrorism’ - Amnesty is concerned that the way terrorism is defined is again overly vague and therefore may be used to unlawfully restrict human rights.
to read more: amnesty.org.uk
Sign up for our free e-mail list to see future vaticancatholic.com videos and articles.