As of September 31, Brazil had a total of 21,427,073 confirmed cases and 596,749 deaths from COVID-19.
On September 3, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued Ordinance N.24 which permits the granting of temporary visas and residence permits for the purpose of humanitarian admission of Afghan nationals, stateless persons and persons affected by situations of serious or imminent institutional instability, violations human rights or international humanitarian law in Afghanistan. The decision was taken after the National Committee for Refugees (CONARE for the Portuguese acronym) declared, in December 2020, recognition of the situation of serious and common human rights violations in the country, in accordance with the national law for the protection of refugees.
On September 6 and 8, regular meetings of the National Committees for Refugees (CONARES) of the MERCOSUR States Party and Associated Countries were held via videoconferencing modality.
The meeting was held under the Pro Tempore Presidency of Brazil, to be held throughout the second half of 2021. The next meeting is scheduled for October 5, 2021.
On September 14, elections for the president and vice president of the Permanent Mixed Commission for Migration and Refugees (CMMIR) took place. Senator Paulo Paim (PT-RS) was elected president and deputy Bruna Furlan (PSDB-SP) as deputy, while Túlio Gadelha, deputy for PDT Pernambuco, was the committee rapporteur.
On the same day, the National Justice Council (CNJ), an agency of Brazil’s judicial system, issued non-binding recommendations guiding federal judges to comply with human rights standards set out in international human rights treaties and the 1951 Refugee Convention in adjudicating cases that may result in deportation, expulsion, or repatriation to the country of origin of the refugee or migrant, particularly in relation to extraordinary and temporary restrictions on foreigners entering the country during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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