A coalition of More than 60 Brazilian unions accused Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro of genocide before the International Criminal Court in The Hague for his management of the new coronavirus pandemic. One of the spokespersons for the initiative, Célia Regina Costa, told the agency EFE that the Bolsonaro administration has brought the country to a “general tragedy”.
“Bolsonaro has carried out a genocidal strategy”Said Costa, general secretary of the Union of Public Health Workers in the state of São Paulo (Sindsaude SP), one of the entities that make up the Brazilian Union Network UNI-Saúde, which represents more than one million professionals Of the health.
The ICC Prosecutor’s Office enables, through Article 15 of the Rome Statute, its founding charter, that organizations, NGOs and even individuals send information documenting alleged crimes, a process that can even be done through an email message.
Only in 2019 the Office of the Prosecutor received more than 800 of these messages that, however, are treated as “communications” and not as complaints or complaints for criminal liability.
“We know and are aware that the court is late. There are already other complaints against Bolsonaro and we know the limitations, but it is important“The spokesperson admitted, about the difficulties of the process ending with the opening of a formal investigation by the ICC.
For Costa, the accusation also aims increase internal pressure on the Brazilian president in order to “change the logic” in the management of the coronavirus crisis, a disease from which he recently recovered after spending two weeks convalescing.
Among the reasons that led the coalition to file the complaint in court, Costa underscored Bolsonaro’s contempt for the pandemic, which came to qualify as “influenza”, and the iron defense of chloroquine, a drug whose effectiveness in combating COVID-19 has not been scientifically proven.
“That irresponsible behavior and facing the guidelines of international health authorities, with the exposure of millions of people is a crime against humanity”The coalition points out in a document of more than 64 pages presented before the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Brazil is currently the second country in the world with the most cases (2.4 million) and deaths (about 88,000) from the new coronavirus, just behind the United States.
“It is a general tragedy in the country. There is a lot of responsibility on the part of the Government, which did not look at the pandemic as it should ”, stressed the Sindsaude general secretary.
(With information from EFE)
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