The subtle erosion of democracy in Latin America: the case of Lula in the Human Rights Committee

Author: Tainá Garcia Maia
Published: 03.06.2022
On 12 March 2022, the Human Rights Committee delivered its views on the complaint filed by Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, former President of the Federal Republic of Brazil who was imprisoned in 2018 in the context of the anti-corruption operation known as ‘Operation Clean Hands’ (in Portuguese, ‘Operação Lava Jato’). The representatives of Lula asked the Committee to find that Brazil had violated his rights against arbitrary deprivation of liberty, the right to a fair trial, the right to presumption of innocence, the right to privacy, and his political rights (Articles 9(1), 14(1) and (2), 17, and 25 of…