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Education unions mobilised for democracy in Brazil

Education unions mobilised for democracy in Brazil

In the light of the current violent climate, and with the judicial and media persecution of former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, an Education International’s delegation has participated in a solidarity rally for Lula in front of the European Parliament, calling for the principles of democracy and human rights to be respected in the country.

Education International’s General Secretary David Edwards reminded Brazil’s top leader that “whether the flickering light of Brazilian democracy restores itself as a beacon for the world depends largely on your leadership in these critical times”.

Education International has joined in a global solidarity movement with the Brazilian people, aiming to stop the increasing violence against human rights defenders and the climate of intimidation of all those fighting for the rule of law in Brazil.

The global union federation representing the voice of teachers took part in a solidarity rally for Lula in front of the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, on 11 April:

On 24 April, EI will be part of the global day of action for Brazil.

 

Resources:

Letter sent to Brazil’s President Michel Temer: “Restoring Brazil as a Beacon of Democracy”

Web item on EI website: “Education International urges Brazil to revert to ‘beacon of democracy’”

Article on EI Latin America’s website (in Spanish): “La Internacional de la Educación exhorta a Temer a respetar derechos”

International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) statement: “Brazil: Decision to Jail Lula is a Travesty of Justice”

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