Brazil is a democracy that holds competitive elections. The political arena, though polarized, is characterized by vibrant public debate. However, independent journalists and civil society activists risk harassment and violent attack, political violence is high, and the government has struggled to address crime and disproportionate violence against and economic exclusion of minorities. Corruption is endemic at top levels, and governmental transparency has decreased, contributing to widespread disillusionment among the public. Societal discrimination and violence against LGBT+ people remain serious problems.
Freedom in the World — Brazil Country Report
Brazil is rated Free in Freedom in the World 2023, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.
Freedom on the Net — Brazil Country Report
Brazil is rated Partly Free in Freedom on the Net, Freedom House's comprehensive study of internet freedom around the globe.
News & Perspectives on Brazil
Q&A: Social Media Regulation and the Perils of Section 230 Reform
April 21, 2021
Brazil: Disinformation Bill Threatens Freedom of Expression and Privacy Online
June 29, 2020
United States: Political Interference with Prosecutions Threatens Rule of Law
June 24, 2020
Why Strongmen Attack Women's Rights
June 18, 2019
With New Members, the UN Human Rights Council Goes from Bad to Worse
November 19, 2018