Irresponsible and unacceptable

In each new public statement, Bolsonaro illustrates his disregard for protecting the life of the Brazilian people

We publicly express our indignation at the actions of President Jair Bolsonaro, who continues to defy the reasonable limits of democratic rules and decorum of office even amidst a context of public calamity. We have witnessed dozens of episodes over the past few months that prove his authoritarian inclination and aspiration to rule the country without the Parliament, the justice system, the press and organized civil society.

In view of the tragic outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, Jair Bolsonaro shows his most irresponsible and inhumane side by downplaying a disease that has already infected 435,400 people on the six continents and led to the death of 20,000 more by the time we wrote this statement. Instead of honoring the responsibility to lead the country during this critical moment, the head of the state has chosen to disregard science despite the recommendations of international health agencies and health authorities of his own cabinet, threatening the lives of millions of Brazilians and undermining joint efforts around the world to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic.

Bolsonaro has demonstrated his lack of commitment to preserving the life of the Brazilian population after every one of his pronouncements. Therefore, he has also tried to discredit the measures taken by state and municipal governments that seek to address this unprecedented crisis in recent human history even without the leadership of the president. He affronts and attempts to destroy the most basic pillars of coexistence in society: respect and human solidarity.

President Jair Bolsonaro’s stance in face of the Covid-19 pandemic is irresponsible and unacceptable. His nationwide address on the evening of March 24 clearly testifies to his incompatibility with the position he holds. It is devoid elementary humanity principles, empathy, and is unable to foster cooperation and promote the well-being of his fellow citizens.

In addition to ignoring his absurd recommendations, we urge all sectors and democratic institutions of Brazilian society, particularly the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court, the National Congress, the population and the entire international community to repudiate vehemently the irresponsible behavior of President Jair Bolsonaro, who instead of leading the country has chosen to walk down a path of ignorance and barbarism.

We demand the Ministry of Health, the National Congress and state and municipal governments to maintain the guidelines of social distancing, deploying the resources for precautionary measures to battle Covid-19 primarily in favor of the most vulnerable groups of our society in order to guarantee the survival of those who face the most nefarious effects of this crisis. Nothing is more important than the preservation of our lives at this moment, without any sort of distinction.

Despite the insanity and irresponsibility of the president, the only way to get through the current crisis with dignity and in respect of democracy is to unite all social and political actors committed to the collective well-being, the public interest and the non-negotiable values ​​of humanity and solidarity.


Signed by:

  1. Ação Educativa
  2. ABI – Associação Brasileira de Imprensa
  3. Abong – Organizações em Defesa dos Direitos e Bens Comuns
  4. Acredito
  5. ACT – Promoção da Saúde
  6. Agenda Pública
  7. ARTIGO 19
  8. Associação da Parada do Orgulho LGBT+ de São Paulo
  9. Atados
  10. BrCidades
  11. Casa Fluminense
  12. CEDAPS – Centro de Promoção da Saúde
  13. CENPEC Educação
  14. Cidade Escola Aprendiz
  15. Coletivo Imargem
  16. Conectas Direitos Humanos
  17. Delibera Brasil
  18. Departamento Jurídico XI de Agosto
  19. Engajamundo
  20. Escola de Ativismo
  21. Frente Favela Brasil
  22. Fórum Brasileiro de Economia Solidária
  23. Fundação Avina
  24. Fundação Tide Setubal
  25. Geledés – Instituto da Mulher Negra
  26. Gestos – Soropositividade, Comunicação e Gênero
  27. Goianas na Urna
  28. Greenpeace Brasil
  29. Grupo de Trabalho da Sociedade Civil para Agenda 2030
  30. Habitat para a Humanidade Brasil
  31. Ibase – Instituto Brasileiro de Análises Sociais e Econômicas
  32. Instituto Alana
  33. Instituto Braudel
  34. IDDD – Instituto de Defesa do Direito de Defesa
  35. IDS – Instituto Democracia e Sustentabilidade
  36. INESC – Instituto de Estudos Socioeconômicos
  37. Instituto Ethos de Empresas e Responsabilidade Social
  38. Instituto IDhES
  39. Instituto Nossa Ilhéus
  40. Instituto Physis – Cultura & Ambiente
  41. Instituto Pólis
  42. ISA – Instituto Socioambiental
  43. Instituto Update
  44. Instituto Vladimir Herzog
  45. Judeus pela Democracia
  46. Labhacker
  47. Move Social
  48. Movimento Boa Praça
  49. MMDA – Movimento Mineiro pelos Direitos Animais
  50. Movimento Nossa BH
  51. Pacto Organizações Regenerativas
  52. Peabiru
  53. Política Viva
  54. ponteAponte
  55. Programa Cidades Sustentáveis
  56. Projeto Saúde e Alegria
  57. ONDAS – Observatório Nacional dos Direitos à Água e ao Saneamento
  58. Ocupa Política
  59. Oxfam Brasil
  60. Rede Brasileira de Renda Básica
  61. Rede Conhecimento Social
  62. Rede Justiça Criminal
  63. Rede Nacional de Pessoas Vivendo com HIV e AIDS
  64. Rede Nossa São Paulo
  65. Repórteres Sem Fronteiras
  66. Tapera Taperá
  67. Think Olga
  68. Transparência Brasil
  69. Transparência Capixaba
  70. UNE – União Nacional dos Estudantes
  71. Virada Política
  72. Vote Nelas
  73. 342 Artes

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