Brazil’s future President Jair Balsonaro wants to liberalise the weapons law, directly after his arrival, on new year’s day by decree.

“With a decree, we want to guarantee the possession of firearms for citizens without a criminal record,” wrote the Ex-military on Twitter. Already in the election campaign, Bolsonaro had announced, to facilitate access to weapons. So citizens could defend his opinion against Criminals.

Already, a large number of illegal weapons in Brazil in the circulation. Critics fear that liberalisation of the weapons law could exacerbate the violence. Brazil suffers from a crime wave: in 2017, more than 63,000 people were killed. For comparison: In Germany in the last year, about 730 homicides.

Bolsonaro 1. January 2019 office. The right-wing populist had provoked with racist comments, extremist slogans and his admiration for the military dictatorship. The opposition and human rights activists consider him a danger to the young democracy in Brazil.


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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.


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