Brazil: killing of human rights defender Marielle Franco (UN statement)

The ICJ today joined other NGOs in condemning and calling for proper investigation of the killing of human rights defender Marielle Franco in Brazil, at the Human Rights Council.

The statement read as follows:

“Protection of human rights defenders is key to the implementation of the Vienna Declaration on Human Rights.

City councilwoman Marielle Franco and Anderson Gomes were brutally killed on 14 March in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Her mandate focused on structural racism and police violence suffered by the poor, black and young in favelas, and on the empowering black women and the LGBTI community.

She was appointed as parliamentary rapporteur to oversee the abuses of the highly militarized federal intervention in Rio, decreed by the President, against the will of the community, and under concerns by the High Commissioner.

Many who speak truth to power in Brazil are facing unprecedented violence and stigmatization, as the country ranks at the top in defenders’ deaths. The defenders’ protection program remains underfunded and understaffed.

Marielle’s strength, engagement and sorority serve as a source of inspiration for the work on the promotion and protection of the rights of the most marginalized groups.

We urge Brazil to ensure a prompt, impartial and independent investigation, bringing those responsible to justice, by seriously exploring the hypothesis on an extrajudicial execution, and to provide effective protection to the survivors of this attack.”

The full statement together with a list of the organisations joining it, may be downloaded here: UN-HRC37-JointStatement-GD8-Brazil-2018


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