Opposition lawmakers called on Brazil’s Congress to reject a proposal by President Jair Bolsonaro to open indigenous reservations to commercial mining, saying it will endanger 200 tribes protected over decades by indigenous rights. Brazil has the largest number of isolated and uncontacted indigenous groups, 114 of the 185 known to exist in South America, said expert Antenor Vaz, who warned of the risk of ethnocide.
The Brazilian Senate has chosen to keep the veto on bill 8322/14 that grants a tax exemption for solar equipment imports. The government argued that the exemption could decrease the Federal revenue as it did not present compensation measures which is mandatory under the Fiscal Responsibility Law. The rejected bill originally proposed the tax exemption to apply only to solar module models that Brazilian companies do not manufacture.
Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro sent a message to Congress saying that his legislative priorities for the year are the tax reform, the autonomy of the central bank, Eletrobras privatisation, entry to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), job creation and the enactment of a regulatory framework for public sanitation. Lawmakers returned from the Christmas break focusing on local elections in October, something that can hamper the passage of substantial laws this year.