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.