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The Brazilian government regrets that, without giving due consideration to the information provided by Brazil, Human Rights Council Special Procedures experts have made unfounded criticisms about Brazilian fiscal balance policies, according to a joint press release from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

The Brazilian government cooperates closely with the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council  and has responded , in a transparent and effective manner, with all possible promptness, to its communications, including those related to social policies aimed at the vulnerable population. Brazil has also provided information and made remarks during the Human Rights Council sessions and through direct contacts with experts and OHCHR.

Contrary to what the joint press release dated 3 August suggests, the balance of public accounts has proved to be fundamental to the continuity and improvement of social policies, including the programs Family Stipend (“Programa Bolsa Família”), Continued Assistance Benefit (“Benefício de Prestação Continuada), Food Purchase (“Programa de Aquisição de Alimentos”), the National Program to Support Rainwater Harvesting and other Social Technologies (“Programa Nacional de Apoio à Captação de Água da Chuva e outras Tecnologias Sociais”), and the Targeted Productive Microcredit Policy (“Política de Microcredito Produtivo Orientado”. New programmes were also created, such as the Happy Child (“Criança Feliz”) and the Progressing Plan (“Plano Progredir”). In 2017, states and municipalities in Brazil received from the federal government the largest allocation of funds for social assistance programs on record: US$ 743 million, an increase of 8% over 2016, and three times above the inflation level.

The fiscal balance measures were adopted in order to strengthen Brazilian social policies, ensuring the medium-to-long term sustainability of the programs established to guarantee the rights of persons in vulnerable situations. The necessary rebalancing of the Brazilian economy directly benefits low-income populations and helps reduce inequalities through greater stability, fight against inflation and public debt control. Without fiscal balance, social policies cannot be sustained.

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