By Brad Brooks SAO PAULO (Reuters) – The United Nations Human Rights Committee, a group of independent experts, said on Friday it had called on the Brazilian government to allow jailed former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to exercise his political rights as a presidential candidate. Lula is the candidate for his Workers’ Party (PT) and is leading the presidential elections ahead of the October ballot, but is widely expected to be banned from running in an electoral tribunal
By Brad Brooks
SAO PAULO (Reuters) – The United Nations Human Rights Committee, a group of independent experts, said on Friday it had called on the Brazilian government to allow imprisoned former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to exercise his rights political as a presidential candidate.
Lula is the candidate for his Workers’ Party (PT) and is leading the presidential elections ahead of the October poll, but he is expected to be widely banned from running in an electoral court. He was jailed in April for corruption.
The UN Committee, which monitors countries’ compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, said in an emailed statement that it had called on the Brazilian government “not to prevent it from shutting down. run in the 2018 presidential elections, until he appealed to the courts. were completed in a fair legal process.
The statement added that the Brazilian government should guarantee “that Lula can enjoy and exercise his political rights in prison, as a candidate in the 2018 presidential elections.”
âThis includes having proper access to the media and to members of one’s political party,â the committee said.
The Brazilian UN delegation in Geneva said in a written statement that the committee’s findings were not legally binding, but that the recommendations on Lula would be forwarded to the country’s justice system.
Under Brazilian law, Lula has free access to his lawyers, who include some PT figures, as well as weekly family visits. He is allowed to communicate in writing, but federal prosecutors say he is prohibited from making video or audio recordings.
Lula’s legal team said in a written statement that they interpreted the committee’s decision to mean that “no Brazilian government entity can present obstacles to former President Lula’s ability to run for president. of 2018, until his remedies are exhausted in a fair trial “.
Ahead of the October 7 vote, Brazil’s highest electoral tribunal is expected to declare Lula ineligible in the coming weeks under a clean slate law that prohibits politicians from running for public office if they have been convicted of ‘a crime and that the call has been confirmed, as is the case with Lula.
Lula said his conviction was the result of political persecution and that it was part of a right-wing plot to prevent him from taking over the presidency.
(Reporting by Brad Brooks; additional reporting by Stephanie Ulmer-Nebehay in Geneva and Anthony Boadle and Lisandra Paraguassu in Brasilia; editing by Brad Haynes, Phil Berlowitz and G Crosse)
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