BFF-58 Brazil must let Lula run in October vote: UN panel

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Brazil must let Lula run in October vote: UN panel

GENEVA, Aug 17, 2018 (BSS/AFP) – The UN Human Rights Committee ruled Friday that Brazil’s imprisoned leftist leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva cannot be disqualified from upcoming presidential elections because his legal appeals are ongoing.

The committee “requested Brazil to take all necessary measures to ensure that Lula can enjoy and exercise his political rights while in prison, as (a) candidate in the 2018 presidential elections,” indicating that Lula could only be disqualified once “his appeals before the courts have been completed in fair judicial proceedings.”

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