UN Demands Brazilian State to Guarantee Lula’s Political Rights

18.08.2018 - Prensa Latina

Brasilia, Aug 17 (Prensa Latina) The UN Human Rights Committee urged today the Brazilian state to allow former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to enjoy and exercise his political rights as a candidate in the 2018 elections.

This was announced through www.lula.com.br website by the defense lawyers of the ex-dignitary, Valeska Teixeira Zanin Martins and Cristiano Zanin Martins, who submitted an order in that regard along with the lawyer Geoffrey Robertson.

The United Nations also stressed that Lula must have guaranteed ‘appropriate access to the press and members of his political party’ and the possibility of running as a presidential candidate ‘until all the resources pending review against his conviction are completed in a fair procedure.’

The decision recognizes in this way the violation of article 25 of the UN Covenant on Civil Rights and the occurrence of irreparable damage to Lula in the attempt to prevent him from participating in the elections or to deny him unrestricted access to the press or members of his political coalition during the campaign, the lawyers remarked.

Given this new determination, warned the defenders, no organ of the Brazilian State will be able to present any obstacle so that the former president can contend in the upcoming elections until there is a final decision passed in court and in a fair process.

The jurists note recalls that Brazil, through Decree number 6.949/2009, incorporated to the Legal Country’s Code the Optional Protocol that recognizes the jurisdiction of the UN Human Rights Committee and the mandatory nature of its decisions.

The resolution of the international body was released a day after the Superior Electoral Court (TSE) Minister, Sergio Banhos, prevented the former dignitary’s participation in the second TV debate among presidential candidates for next October’s elections.

Banhos denied the possibility of Lula taking part in the confrontation this evening, organized by Rede TV, alleging that his prison ‘is linked to criminal issues that can not be analyzed by the Electoral Justice.’

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