RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Human Rights Watch is criticizing new Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro over his proposals on prisons and security.
Brazil's prison population is estimated at 841,000 — double its listed capacity. Bolsonaro has proposed "piling on" yet more prisoners as a solution to budget constraints in the penitentiary system.
The right's group's annual report released Thursday also expresses concern over Bolsonaro's proposals to encourage shoot-to-kill policing tactics. It notes that Rio de Janeiro experienced a record-high 1,444 police killings last year.
The group also criticized Bolsonaro's proposal to arm women to protect themselves from would-be abusers. It said the idea was "not a serious response" to violence against women.
Latin America's largest nation leads the world each year in total homicides.