Written by Staff Writer, CNN
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has been accused of crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court (ICC) and urged to halt violence against his country’s indigenous population.
The prosecutor general of the prosecutor general of the Netherlands, Niels Jongbloed, filed an opinion at the ICC in The Hague, Netherlands, saying that Bolsonaro’s past actions led to the “culture of impunity” he is currently rolling back.
“A person who has committed several crimes against humanity cannot escape any longer that their ‘talent’ is attributable to them and justifies them to return to the criminal positions they once held,” Jongbloed said.
Before being elected, Bolsonaro’s party nominated him to lead the National Indian Foundation (Funai), a government institution that was charged with overseeing the country’s indigenous population after Congress was dismantled by the country’s impeachment process.
The Funai is responsible for assimilating members of Amazonian tribes into Brazilian society.
According to Ima Pura , a human rights group, Bolsonaro dismantled public services in indigenous communities and encouraged local ranchers to commit “indigenous extermination.”
He was also responsible for encouraging militias who violently killed indigenous people, according to the group.
Bolsonaro has issued a decree that promotes land demarcation and sells off many Funai lands to private landowners and ranchers.