Per: Ester Cezar
The Minister of Human Rights and Citizenship, Silvio Almeida, presented some of the department’s actions for this year, at a breakfast with journalists this Friday (2). During the conversation, Almeida touched on two central points “that will certainly cause a little more headache” for the ministry: the prison system and public security.
“If we are not able to put the prison system in accordance with the law as determined by the Constitution, understand when prison is necessary and when it is unnecessary, we will not be able to deal with public security in Brazil”, stated the minister .
According to Silvio Almeida, this is one of the central points of the ministry and currently one of President Lula’s greatest concerns in terms of human rights. The discussion also includes the health of the prison population, food, mistreatment and human rights policy for public security agents.
For the minister, human rights policies must be State policies and not private policies. “I think that privatization, whether of prisons or of the socio-educational system, opens up space for organized crime. It is unacceptable that we open up space for this type of thing”, he emphasized.
Almeida had already spoken out previously, last year, about being against the privatization of prisons. The speech makes reference to decree No. 11,498/2023, signed by vice-president Geraldo Alckmin and the Minister of Finance, Fernando Haddad, in April 2023. The text included prisons and public security in the list of sectors of the Partnership and Investment Program ( PPI), as objects of “a concession, permission, lease, authorization or public-private partnership process, in accordance with the provisions of Law No. 11,079/2004”.
“Let my position be confirmed for everyone here. It is unacceptable, I am against it. The position of the Ministry of Human Rights is against this. The legal position of the Ministry of Human Rights”, he emphasized after recognizing that there are differences within the government in relation to the topic. “It’s very normal that there may be disagreements, but that’s my position.”
The minister also reinforced that, even if there is an argument to say that privatizations are about “structures” and “building constructions”, “we know that in the end it becomes privatization of the execution of the sentence”. According to the minister, the debate that needs to be held is about the unconstitutionality and illegality of this measure.
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