UN System in Brazil releases note on the murder of councilwoman Marielle Franco



The United Nations System in Brazil released a note on Thursday (15) on the murder of Rio de Janeiro city councilor Marielle Franco, calling for rigor in the investigation of the case.

Read the full text:

 "The United Nations in Brazil is dismayed by the murder of Rio de Janeiro city councilwoman Marielle Franco (PSOL) on the night of Wednesday, 14 March. She was one of the leading voices in defense of human rights in the city and was developing a political platform related to the fight against racism and gender inequalities and the elimination of violence, especially in the suburbs and favelas of Rio.

Being the fifth most voted councilor in the municipal elections of 2016, Marielle was one of the landmarks of the renewal of the political participation of women, differing by the progressive character in social issues in the context of the local legislature responsibility.

The United Nations System in Brazil expresses solidarity with the families and friends of the councilor and the driver, Anderson Pedro Gomes. It also expects a rigorous investigation of the case and brief elucidation of the facts by the authorities, waiting for the accountability of the crime authorship."

"We thank our UN Online Volunteer, Juliana Nogueira, for her contribution to the translation of this article. Juliana is an online volunteer mobilised through www.onlinevolunteering.org".

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