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Weekly Report - 23 May 2019 (WR-19-20)

BRAZIL: Public security debate ongoing

As the Brazilian government continues to be embroiled in internal tensions, and to struggle in the face of an anaemic economy, lately its focus has somewhat drifted away from the public security debate. President Jair Bolsonaro hailed a recent decrease in homicides but pushed forward with plans to relax gun laws, while the ‘anti-crime package’, Justice Minister Sérgio Moro’s flagship security and anti-corruption measure, remains stuck in congress. Violence levels are high despite recent improvements and it is state governments, responsible in the first instance for guaranteeing public security, which must contend with them regardless of the federal government’s focus.

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