UN pronounces officially: Lula has the right to be a candidate

Zanin press conference

Lula`s lawyers at the press conference after the UN Human Rights Committee decision

The UN Human Rights Committee just pronounced officially that Lula has the right to be a candidate for President. The UN requested that the Brazilian State “take all necessary measures to ensure the author [Lula] enjoy and exercise his political rights while in prison, as candidate in the 2018 presidential elections, including appropriate access to the media and to members of his political party” and also to “not to prevent the author [Lula] from standing in the 2018 presidential elections, until pending applications for review against his conviction have been completed in fair judicial proceedings and the conviction has become final”.

The UN Committee recognized the violation of Lula’s human rights and that he is possible “irreparable harm” to the author’s rights. According to the ex-President’s lawyers, “no body of the Brazilian State can place any obstacle for ex-President Lula to stand in the presidential elections”.

Read the entire official press release from Lula’s lawyers:

Today (17/08/2016) the UN Human Rights Committee upheld the motion for an injunction we formulated as lawyers for ex-President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on 25/07/2018, jointly with Geoffrey Robertson QC, and requested that the Brazilian State “take all necessary measures to ensure the author [Lula] enjoy and exercise his political rights while in prison, as candidate in the 2018 presidential elections, including appropriate access to the media and to members of his political party” and also to “not to prevent the author [Lula] from standing in the 2018 presidential elections, until pending applications for review against his conviction have been completed in fair judicial proceedings and the conviction has become final”.

The decision recognizes the existence of violation of art. 25 of the UN Covenant of Civil Rights and the occurrence of irreparable harm to Lula in the attempt to stop him from standing in the presidential elections and in denying him unrestricted access to the media and to members of his political coalition during the campaign.

Brazil incorporated the juridical Protocol into its statutes which recognizes the jurisdiction of the UN Human Rights Committee and the mandatory nature of its decisions by Decree no. 6.949/2009.

Given this new decision, no body of the Brazilian State can place any obstacle for ex-President Lula to stand in the presidential elections until there is a definitive ruling in a fair process, as well as ensuring him unrestricted access to the media and to members of his political coalition during the campaign.

Valeska Teixeira Zanin Martins and Cristiano Zanin Martins

From https://www.brasil247.com/pt/247/poder/365620/ONU-pronuncia-se-oficialmente-Lula-tem-direito-de-ser-candidato.htm