Impact | Positive
Rating CIVICUS | Obstructed
On December 11, the Senate passed an “anti-crime package” through which the government seeks to strengthen the criminal code. During its discussion in Congress, the opposition succeeded in having some of its more iliberal articles removed, among them one that sought to free from punishment police officers causing deaths in situations of “justified fear, surprise or violent emotion”. The regulations provide for the creation of the figure of the “Judge of Guarantees”, responsible for “verifying the legality of criminal investigations and safeguarding individual rights”. Despite this, and in line with his rhetoric of applying a “firm hand” and “zero tolerance” of crime, President Jair Bolsonaro signed a pardon for police and military officers convicted of crimes in self-defence or without intent, even when off duty.