September 16, 2020
On Tuesday May 15, Brazil’s Ministry of Human Resources established a national LGBT-PoV (violence against lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transsexuals, and transversites) in order to prioritise respect for human dignity and diversity.
The ordinance was officially launched by the federal government on May16 on the eve of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia and made effective immediately. The federal government and ten other states have already accepted it.
This comes close on the foot of Brazil being declared the country with the highest number of LGBT murders in the world at a shocking rate of 1 murder every 19 hours. In the capital city of Rio alone, 9 people from the LGBT community have already lost their lives in the past 5 months itself.
Among some of the actions foreseen in the pact are to execute an Action Plan, establish State Councils to Combat LGBT Discrimination, and to include these actions in the Pluri-annual Plan (PPA) so that the budget for the policies is guaranteed.
While the decision was welcomed with open arms by most in the LGBT community, some citizens received it with skepticism as they believe that all investments with relation to human rights programs has systematically declined over the years and hence the PoV might prove to be a casualty of the same too.
Only time will tell if the Pov is indeed put into action in letter and spirit or if it becomes just a toothless paper tiger.