URGENT ACTION! Who killed Marielle Franco?

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On March 14, 2018, Marielle Franco, 38 years old, was shot to death in Rio de Janeiro, while she was returning from an event where she was offering a lecture. Anderson Pedro Gomes, 39, her driver, was also killed in the attack.

Marielle was a tireless human rights defender in Rio de Janeiro and metropolitan area. Before being elected councilor, she stood out for denouncing human rights violations, especially against black youth, women and LGBTI people. She also worked against abuses committed by the security forces, including extrajudicial executions.

Threats and attacks against human rights defenders in Brazil are pervasive. The response of the authorities has been inadequate and most of these crimes remain in impunity. We cannot let this happen again.

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Raise your voice and demand a thorough investigation to know who killed Marielle and Anderson and prosecute those responsible!

Justice for Marielle!

Dear Minister of Justice, Mr. Torquato Jardim
Dear Secretary of Public Safety of the State of Rio de Janeiro, General Richard Fernandez Nunes
Dear Head of the Civil Police of the State of Rio de Janeiro, Mr. Rivaldo Barbosa
Dear Attorney General of the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Rio de Janeiro, Mr. Eduardo Gussem
Dear Federal Attorney for the Rights of the Citizen, Mrs. Deborah Macedo Duprat de Britto Pereira
Dear Interventor General, Mrs. Walter Souza Braga Netto

Dear Mrs,

On the night of 14 March, councilwoman and human rights defender Marielle Franco, 38 years old, was shot dead in Rio de Janeiro when she was returning from a conference. Marielle was known in Rio de Janeiro for denouncing human rights violations, mainly against young people, women, black people and LGBTI people, and also for her work to expose human rights violations committed by the security forces, including extrajudicial executions.

According to publicly available information, it appears that her killing was carried out by a professional with great ability to handle a firearm. More than 10 shots hit the vehicle, right in the area where Marielle was. She received four shots in the head and at least three shots reached the driver, Anderson Pedro Gomes. They both died in the place. An advisor who worked with Marielle was wounded by the fragments of the shots. Also according to media reports, experts have identified that the bullets used in the crime belong to the Brazilian Federal Police. A few days later, the media released images from security cameras from around the neighborhood that indicate that Marielle’s car was being followed, which strengthens the hypothesis of a premeditated crime.

Marielle was a prominent human rights defender in Rio de Janeiro, well known for her tireless work in the city and metropolitan area. Due to the context of recurrent threats and attacks against human rights defenders in Brazil and the frequent impunity of these crimes, I demand:

-A prompt, thorough, independent and impartial investigation into the circumstances that led to the death of Marielle and Anderson, which identifies not only the perpetrators of the shooting, but also the intellectual authors, and that the results of these investigations are made public.

- That all those suspected of criminal responsibility are brought to justice in a fair trial.

- To take all appropriate measures to guarantee effective assistance and protection to the families of the victims, including psychological and legal support.

- Immediate protection for the survivor and other witnesses of the crime in order to prevent any form of harassment, intimidation or threats.

Sincerely,

Assinaturas atuais

Susan Cooper  0, Gr  22 de Setembro de 2018, 06:36:28
Marie Munn  0, Gr  21 de Setembro de 2018, 11:31:41
Deborah Diprose  0, Reino Unido  20 de Setembro de 2018, 11:48:55
Laurence Rankin  0, Reino Unido  19 de Setembro de 2018, 08:28:24
Irene V. Planer  0,   18 de Setembro de 2018, 12:01:50
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