Given the focus of our work in Alternautas, the Editorial Board of Alternautas feels compelled to comment on the contemporary political crisis in Brazil. We join the chorus of academics, politicians and concerned citizens in denouncing the impeachment process that has taken Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff out of office. We consider it a grave subversion of the democratic process that should be of global concern. As academics concerned with Latin American politics, we are deeply distressed by the spurious use of the legal regulations of the country to overthrow a democratically elected President.
Latin American history has shown us all too often the ghastly aftermath that often ensues after attacks on legitimate democratic governments. In light of this, it is imperative to strengthen the opposition to such attacks and condemn any legal maneuvers that may threaten democratic institutions in the region,and to express our solidarity with the ongoing struggles to restore a legitimate democratic government in Brazil.
Below, we would like to share some resources analysing the complexities of the process of impeachment in Brazil,highlighting its deeply undemocratic characteristics.
CIDH - Inter-American Court of Human Rights: http://www.oas.org/es/cidh/prensa/comunicados/2016/126.asp
CLACSO - Latin American Council of Social Sciences: http://www.clacso.org.ar/libreria-latinoamericana/libro_detalle.php?id_libro=1115&orden=&pageNum_rs_libros=0&totalRows_rs_libros=1078
LASA - Latin American Studies Association: http://www.oas.org/es/cidh/prensa/comunicados/2016/126.asp
LAB - Latin American Bureau: http://lab.org.uk/dilma-impeachment