Pandemic and human rights in Brazil: frameworks of access of justice

The paper tackles the relationship between human rights erosion and (lack of) access to justice in the context of the crisis caused by Covid-19 pandemics. Governmental omission in measures and support for differently affected populations has increased the claims for rights. Changes in the Judicial Branch (suspension of deadlines, adjustment in procedures and digitalization of hearings and services) and restrictions to judicial intervention in public policies have reduced possibilities of adjudication, rights enforcement or redress. The paper analyzes: a) the impact of digital exclusion and/or illiteracy in access to justice; b) (in)sufficiency of emergency protocols designed for vulnerable groups (communities facing eviction, prison population, women in situations of violence, tradicional people). The health crisis has been frequently invoked to (miss)frame policies and to pass bureaucratic and legal setbacks long awaiting in the conservative agenda with feeble resistance from courts.