By Fabio Teixeira
RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon has increased since President Jair Bolsonaro took office, and the losses amount to a crime against humanity with the strengthening of climate change, a nonprofit environmental organization said on Tuesday -fair.
Austria-based AllRise has filed a complaint with the International Criminal Court (ICC) accusing the far-right leader of “facilitating and accelerating” losses in the Amazon with policies that encourage deforestation, land grabbing and illegal mining.
“Jair Bolsonaro is fueling the massive destruction of the Amazon with his eyes wide open and in full knowledge of the consequences,” the group’s founder, Johannes Wesemann, said in a statement.
Planalto Palace did not respond to a request for comment.
The complaint is just the latest in a series of allegations brought against Bolsonaro in the ICC since he took power in 2019, although it is the first to link the destruction of the Amazon to climate change and the expected health impacts as a result of warming, he said. to AllRise.
Other charges criticized Bolsonaro for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic in Brazil, where more than 600,000 people have died, and for his policies that affect indigenous peoples.
The ICC could take years to decide whether to investigate the new complaint, legal experts said.
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