Brazil: prosecutors are demanding the dismissal of the minister of the Environment

Brésil: des procureurs exigent le limogeage du ministre de l’Environnement

The public ministry of brazil has called on Monday the dismissal of the minister of the Environment Ricardo Salles, accused of “dismantling of environmental protection”, which resulted, in particular, deforestation, fires and illegal mining.

A group of twelve prosecutors asked the justice to dismiss the minister as “urgent” and to condemn him for “dishonesty” administrative penalties ranging from “loss of the public service” to the “suspension of political rights” and the payment of a fine.

The federal public prosecutor’s office has accused Mr. Salles in a press release to have “promoted the interests of no purpose with the load that it occupies,” and to have promoted intentionally “by the acts, omissions and words, the”weakening of the protection of the environment”.

He also argues that the minister –accused by several areas promote deforestation by supporting the legalization of agricultural activities and mining in protected areas– is responsible for the “reduction of 25% of the budget of the ministry of the Environment and of the paralysis of the Funds in the Amazon, an international fund to fight deforestation”.

This attitude of Mr. Rooms, have estimated the prosecutors, “has contributed directly to the increase of deforestation and fire, especially in the amazon region” in 2019, which have been criticised at the international level in respect of the government of Jair Bolsonaro.

The minister has estimated to AFP that prosecutors “were evidence of a bias in the political-ideological in the plan that clearly interfere with the public policy of the federal government”.

The amazon rainforest has lost 318 000 km2, the result of these fires by 2019, a record. Several organizations for the protection of the environment have warned that 2020 was going to be one of the most destructive to the Amazon.

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