MDH receives more than a thousand complaints about coronavirus in 10 days


The Ministry of Women, Family and Human Rights received 1,133 reports of human rights violations between 14 and 24 March related to the consequences of the new coronavirus epidemic. The vast majority refer to health risk exposure. The complaints were made by the Dial 100 and Call 108 services.

The record of violations has a higher incidence in socially vulnerable people, in different conditions and in an unequal situation, such as informal workers. There are also instances of violations against persons in restricted freedom, due to the risk of agglomeration in prison institutions.

Most of the reported violations occurred in the workplace, in which case the employing company did not comply with the operating restriction measures imposed by state governments. Prison units rank as the second location with the highest number of violations. São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais collect almost half of all complaints.

Referral of complaints

Complaints can be made by Dial 100 and Dial 180. They are forwarded to the protection agencies, such as the Specialized Social Assistance Reference Center (Creas), Rights Councils, Host Bodies and Guardianship Councils. In addition, they are also sent to specific bodies such as prison administration, police stations, the Federal Public Ministry (MPF) and the Public Labor Ministry (MPT).

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