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Brasil, 2015 © Ana Guzzo | Flickr (

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Political gymnastics in Turkey and Brazil

In Turkey, President Erdoğan is using a coup d’état as a pretext to suspend the rule of law, entrench his authoritarian government, and lock up dissidents in their thousands. According to a report in The Guardian, more than 2,700 judges and prosecutors, and 20,000 teachers and administrators have been suspended from their jobs and a work travel ban imposed on academics.

Meanwhile, Regarding Rights contributor and former CIGJ Visiting PhD scholar, Mariana Prandini Assis has argued – in a post for co-authored with Pablo Holmes – that the ouster of Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff, although conducted under the guise of legality, was in effect a coup d’état.

Mariana told Regarding Rights that proceedings against Ms Rousseff are continuing in Brazil’s Senate, with a final decision likely in August. She says that criticism of Ms Rousseff’s impeachment has been widespread both within the country and overseas, and supporters have rallied to her defence:

‘For example, when the interim president prevented Ms Rousseff from using the government’s airplanes to travel around the country, her friends started a crowdfunding campaign to pay for her trips. The campaign has already raised more than US $200,000. The interim government is, however, treating the impeachment as a fait accompli. It has appointed an entirely new cabinet, with the result that Brazil now has an all-white male ministry. Meanwhile, some Ministries have been dismantled altogether, including the Ministries for Human Rights, Women and Racial Equality and for Agrarian Reform. The interim government has reduced funding for important social programs, and other losses in terms of social rights and protections for basic freedoms are accelerating.’

Read Mariana and Pablo’s full account of the situation in Brazil here.

Where are you now?

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Mariana Prandini Assis
Mariana Prandini Assis

Mariana Prandini Assis

As well as providing commentary on the political upheaval in Brazil, Mariana is completing her PhD. Mariana is enrolled at the New School for Social Research but is currently based in Brasília, where she’s working as a legal assistant for the president of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

Don’t forget next week’s Bookclub!

A Culture of RightsOn 26th July, Andrea Durbach, Director of the Australian Human Rights Centre at UNSW, and Robyn Morris, from the University of Wollongong, will join Ben Authers at a RegNet Bookclub event to discuss Ben’s new book, A Culture of Rights – Law, Literature, and Canada. The Bookclub, which will run from 12.30-2pm, is open to the public and all are welcome. Please register your attendance here.

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