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Natália Bonavides


Natália Bonavides is a woman human rights defender and councilwoman of Natal city in Brazil. She also has a history of militancy based on commitment to social movements in the country. Natália was a member of the Human Rights Commission and the Memory and Truth Commission in Brazil. She was Counselor of the State Council for Human Rights and Citizenship (COEDHUCI), where she worked, among other topics, with women related to prisoners.

Moreover, Natália colaborated in projects with the Human Rights Reference Center of Rio Grande do Norte Federal University - UFRN (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte) and was a trainee in the Department of Legal Cooperation of the Organization of American States (OAS), where he worked with the Inter-American Convention against Corruption and participated in hearings of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

The challenges and threats faced by human rights defenders in Brazil remain very high, particularly for those working on issues of land, environment, indigenous peoples, LGBTi rights, corruption and impunity. Many HRDs have experienced death threats, physical attacks, arbitrary arrests and lawsuits. The high number of killings is of particular concern and takes place against a background of widespread impunity.