John Conyers Letter 31.01.17


February 1st, 2017

The Honorable Congressman John Conyers, Jr.

United States House of Representatives

Legal update: Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, former President of Brazil

Dear Mr. Conyers, Jr.,

In light of the letter sent to the Brazilian Ambassador Sergio Silva do Amaral, we would like to express our gratitude for your concern regarding the state of democracy in Brazil.

As attorneys to former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, we can confirm that his human rights are being systematically violated, rights as basic as (i) the right to due process of law, (ii) the right to protection from arbitrary interference with privacy, and (iii) the right to a fair trial. We are sure you agree that it is important that the violations of human rights and the rule of law in Brazil must be challenged and explained to a wider audience.

We wanted to keep you informed of developments in Brazil and attach a summary of the unlawful acts that have violated the rights of former President Lula da Silva, recent developments in the lawsuits filed against the President as well as our responses. We hope this provides useful additional background for you and your office.

We also wish to draw your attention to the fact that the U.S. Department of Justice has been working closely with the Brazilian judicial officials that are responsible for the violations of former President Lula’s rights. We are concerned by reports that, in the course of this collaboration, the DOJ may have violated the terms of the 1997 Treaty between our countries on Mutual Legal Assistance in criminal matters.

You will be aware that lawmakers across the world are following this case and we would welcome the opportunity to meet with you in the coming months to brief you on the latest legal developments both in Brazil and through the United Nations. If your schedule allows we would be available to travel to Washington, D.C. to meet with you in the coming months.

Our contact details are:

Cristiano Zanin Martins

Phone # 55 11 3060-3326

Valeska Teixeira Zanin Martins

Phone # 55 11 3060-3326

We are very grateful for you highlighting these human rights violations to a wider audience.

Cristiano Zanin Martins

Valeska Teixeira Zanin Martins

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