Live: Contemporary slavery and labor rights in the pandemic

Watch the live discussion with Leonardo Sakamoto (Repórter Brasil) and Paula Nunes (Conectas) on Wednesday, May 20

Since the start of the novel coronavirus pandemic, the federal government – despite denying the effects of Covid-19 and opposing the social isolation measures – has published a series of provisional executive orders relaxing labor rights and regulations after declaring a ‘state of public calamity’ in the country.

With fewer guarantees, many people who are still working, especially those in rural areas, are now subjected not only to new risks caused by the virus but also old risks of exposure to slave labor conditions.

This is the topic of a debate between Paula Nunes, Development and Socioenvironmental Rights advisor at Conectas, and Leonardo Sakamoto, journalist and director of the NGO Repórter Brasil, to take place this Wednesday, May 20, at 11 am.

The live event will be broadcast on the Conectas Instagram profile and may also be watched afterwards by anyone who is interested.


About the participants

Leonardo Sakamoto is a journalist with a PhD in Political Science from the University of São Paulo. He has covered armed conflicts in various countries and human rights violations all over Brazil. He is a journalism professor at the Catholic University of São Paulo and has been a visiting scholar at the Department of Politics of the New School for Social Research in New York (2015-2016) and a journalism professor at the University of São Paulo’s School of Communication and Art (2000-2002). He is director of the NGO Repórter Brasil and also serves on the United Nations Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery and the Liechtenstein Initiative – Financial Sector
Commission against Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking. He is the author of the books in Portuguese “Short Stories To Start the Day” (2012) and “What I learned Being Insulted on the Internet” (2016), among others.

Paula Nunes is a lawyer and specialist in economic criminal law and an advisor for the Development and Socioenvironmental Rights program at Conectas.


Live: Contemporary slavery and labor rights in the pandemic
Debaters: Paula Nunes (Conectas), Leonardo Sakamoto (Repórter Brasil)
Where: Conectas Instagram
When: May 20, at 11 am

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