Sunday, April 7th 2019, marks one year since the jailing of former Brazilian president Lula da Silva for carrying out ‘indeterminate acts of corruption.’
At the time, Lula led every single presidential poll but he was subsequently barred from the political process. The UN Human Rights Committee declared that Lula must be allowed to stand, but this was ignored, and the doors were opened for Bolsonaro and the far-right to take power.
Lula is the world’s most high-profile political prisoner, charged without material evidence against, the call for his freedom is backed by millions in Brazil and around the world.
To mark one year from his arrest, you can join the chorus of voices speaking out against his political persecution – we must send a message to the far-right globally that they will not get away with locking up political opponents and persecuting progressive people.
See the full statement text below.
We condemn the continued persecution of former President Lula in Brazil. Lula was favourite to win Brazil’s 2018 presidential election until he was jailed and barred from standing in a move condemned by the UN Human Rights Committee.
The election was subsequently won by the far-right Jair Bolsonaro who has said he hopes Lula “rots in prison.” Astonishingly, Judge Moro who oversaw Lula’s trial has now been appointed as Bolsonaro’s Minister of Justice.
Lula is a political prisoner. We call for his freedom and stand in solidarity with those struggling for democracy in Brazil.