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UN demands respect for Lula’s candidacy

sexta-feira 17 de agosto de 2018, por Ciranda.net, Ciranda.net

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The International Human Rights Committee has determined that Lula has the right to be candidate even as prisioner, with free access to the media and the right to a fair trial

Public Note from Lula’s lawyers

On today’s date (08/17/2018), the UN Human Rights Committee accepted a preliminary injunction that we formulated as attorneys for former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on July 25, 2018, together with Geoffrey Robertson QC, and determined that the Brazilian State "take all necessary measures to enable the author [Lula] to enjoy and exercise his political rights to the prison as a candidate in the 2018 presidential elections, including appropriate access to the press and members of his political party" and also to "not prevent the author [Lula] from competing in the presidential elections of 2018 until all appeals pending review against his conviction are completed in a fair proceeding and the conviction is final."

The decision recognizes the existence of a violation of art. 25 of the UN Civil Rights Pact and the occurrence of irreparable damage to Lula in an attempt to prevent him from competing in presidential elections or deny him unrestricted access to the press or members of his political coalition during the campaign.

Through Legislative Decree 311, Brazil incorporated into the legal system of the country the Optional Protocol recognizing the jurisdiction of the UN Human Rights Committee and the binding of its decisions.

Faced with this new decision, no body of the Brazilian State may present any obstacle for former President Lula to run in the 2018 presidential elections until a final decision has been reached in a fair proceeding, as well as the need to grant him unrestricted access the press and members of its coalition during the campaign.

Valeska Teixeira Zanin Martins

Cristiano Zanin Martins

Check out the UN Communiqué

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