Dear President Temer:
We write on behalf of the 850,00 members od the United Steelworkers in the United States and Canada to express our grave concern over the attemps by the Brazilian government to prevent former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva from standing as a candidate for president in this year’s elections.
The right to a fair trial and the due process of law are bedrock principles of a democratic order. There rights have been enshrined in numerous international human rights instruments, including Article 8 of the American Convention of Human Rights. They are also recognized as customary international law. There rights are generally non-derogable.
Despite having ratified these instruments, the Brazilian State has violated and continues to violate these fundamental human rights by engaging in a nakedly political criminal investigation of former President Lula so as to prevent him from running for office in the elections later this year. To date, the prosecution has not been able to produce any evidence of corruption.
We call on the government of Brazil to comply immediately with its treaty obligations, and customary international law, and protect the fundamental rights to due process of law and to a fair trial. If the government fails to do so, it will cause irreparable harm to democracy in Brazil.
We also urging the leadership of our countries, the global trade union movement and the international community to echo our call for the rule of the law and democracy in Brazil.
Leo W. Gerard
National Director for Canada
International Vice President and
North American Vice-President of IndustriALL Global Union