We have received the following statement:
Statement Text: Attempts are continuing to stop the popular former President Lula da Silva from standing in Brazil’s presidential election in October.
Polls show he would be the likely winner, his popularity stemming from his achievements in office where he lifted millions from poverty.
Yet since the removal of Brazil’s elected President Dilma Rousseff in 2016, Lula has been subjected to a concerted campaign against him, where his basic human rights have been breached.
As part of this, President Lula has been subjected to a political prosecution and conviction, ignoring evidence of his innocence, and triggering a crisis of confidence in the rule of law.
The recent appeal verdict is not the end of Lula’s fight and his case is being taken to the United Nations Human Rights Committee.
This is not just about one man but the future of democracy in Brazil. We believe he should he be allowed to stand and the Brazilian people to decide their own future.