Wed. Dec 11th, 2019

The Parlasur Human Rights Commission condemns Bolsonaro for praising Stroessner

The Human Rights Commission (Human Rights) of the Parliament of Mercosur (Parlasul) issued a statement condemning the president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, for expressions of praise to the former Paraguayan Alfredo Stroessner (1954-1989), informed on Tuesday official sources.

According to Paraguayan parliamentarian Roberto Canese, who presented the proposal, the Parlasur Human Rights Commission decided unanimously to issue a statement condemning Bolsonaro's statements regarding the former Paraguayan ex-dictator.

For Canese, the expressions of the Brazilian leader, who on February 26 at a public event with the presence of his Paraguayan counterpart, Mario Abdo Benítez, at the Itaipú hydroelectric plant – shared by Brazil and Paraguay – paid a "tribute" to Stroessner , they constituted an "extremely serious" event.

"No leader of a European country comes to praise the German dictator Adolf Hitler in Germany itself, because it would mean an offense for all those who suffered such crimes against humanity," said Canese.

In addition, the parliamentarian stressed that Bolsonaro's statements "caused profound grief to hundreds of thousands of victims of the dictatorship."

In the act at the Itaipu hydroelectric plant, Bolsonaro wanted to "celebrate those who were really responsible" for the construction of said dam and alluded to both the former Brazilian dictator Humberto de Alencar Castelo Branco and Stroessner, whom he referred to as "a statesman who He knew perfectly "what he wanted for Paraguay.

Paraguay and Brazil have yet to renegotiate the Itaipu Treaty in 2023 and, in particular, Annex C of that document, to decide what they will do with 50% of the energy generated by the dam corresponding to Paraguay and whose surpluses, until that year , you must sell them to the neighboring country at cost price.

Itaipú Binacional was created on May 17, 1974, to manage its construction and start-up 10 years later, in 1984.

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