DEMOCRATIC BACKSLIDE AND RESILIENCE IN BRAZIL: STRATEGIES FOR THE PROTECTION OF DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Democracy, human rights and the environment are at great risk in Brazil. After thirty years of democratic regime, with indisputable achievements in such matters, the country faces a scenario that adds up: (i) the rise of an extreme right charismatic leader – (ii) attacks on democratic watchdogs (courts, press, and civil society organizations) – (iii) setbacks in the protection of minority and vulnerable groups – (iv) aversion to environmental defense. In such a context, the panel has the purpose to reflect on the current situation of the country, as well as on strategies of resistance against setbacks. With this purpose, it looks back over the past few years, analyses the present and identifies challenges for the future. The papers are the result of a research carried out by several academics and gathered into a book called: “Democratic Backslide and Resilience in Brazil: the Dispute for the 1988 Constitution“.