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Sebastião Bezerra da Silva

HRD, Coordinator
Movimento Nacional de Direitos Humanos

Sebastião Bezerra da Silva was the west-central region's coordinator of the Movimento Nacional de Direitos Humanos (National Human Rights Movement) and a member of the Comissão de Direitos Humanos do Tocantins (Tocantins Human Rights Commission).

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.