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The regional NGO coalition MESA de Articulación de Asociaciones Nacionales, Plataformas y Redes Regionales de ONGs de América Latina y el Caribe, would like to express its solidarity with the Brazilian people and its organized civil society, in the context of the Provisional Measure issued by the Bolsonaro government beginning of January, through which it gives the Secretary of Government the power to supervise, coordinate and monitor the activities of NGOs and international organizations. We express our repudiation of a measure that has the clear objective of intimidating social organizations and reducing civic space.
This type of tutelage measures that seek to restrict the civil and political freedoms and rights of the population - and in this specific case of the right of association - are linked to authoritarianism, ignoring basic democratic principles.
Moreover, as the Brazilian Association of NGOs ABONG has pointed out in a public note, it is an unconstitutional measure, as it is contrary to article 5 of the Brazilian Federal Constitution - where freedom is enshrined and guaranteed for civil society organizations to be legally constituted and organize its activities according to their causes and interests.
In terms of rights, it is also important to point out the directives issued by the new Minister for Women, Family and Human Rights, through which the LGTBIQ community is no longer considered as a subject of human rights.
It is for this reason that MESA de Articulación wishes to express its unrestricted support of ABONG and Brazilian civil society in their administrative interpellation of the Bolsonaro government, as well as in their efforts to dialogue with different sectors of Brazilian society in order to build a front that seeks to activate the Constitutional guarantees that protect the freedoms and rights of Brazilian civil society, as well as the rights LGTBIQ community.