October 25, 2017

Urgent Action Update: Law Leading To Military Impunity Sanctioned (Brazil: UA 236.17)


The Brazilian President sanctioned the law that transfers to the Military Court the ability to try human rights violations and crimes against life, such as killings and extrajudicial executions, carried out by military personnel against civilians. This contradicts the fundamental principles of fair trial, judicial independence and impartiality of the decisions. It is now up to the Attorney General to appeal to the Supreme Court to stop law from entering into force.

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The Brazilian President sanctioned the law that transfers to the Military Court the ability to try human rights violations and crimes against life, such as killings and extrajudicial executions, carried out by military personnel against civilians. This contradicts the fundamental principles of fair trial, judicial independence and impartiality of the decisions. It is now up to the Attorney General to appeal to the Supreme Court to stop law from entering into force.

1) TAKE ACTION
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:

  • Urging the Attorney General to appeal to the Supreme Court against law No. 13.491 that transfers to Military Courts the responsibility to try crimes, including killings, committed by the military against civilians.

Contact these two officials by 6 December, 2017:

Attorney General
Raquel Dodge
Procuradoria Geral da República
SAF Sul Quadra 4 Conjunto C,
Brasília, DF
CEP: 70050-900, Brazil
Fax: +55 61 3105-5100
Email: [email protected]
Salutation: Dear Attorney General

Ambassador Sergio Silva do Amaral
Embassy of Brazil
3006 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington DC 20008
Phone: 1 202 238 2700 I Fax: 1 202 238 2827
Twitter: @BrazilinUSA
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

2) LET US KNOW YOU TOOK ACTION
Click here to let us know if you took action on this case! This is Urgent Action 236.17
Here’s why it is so important to report your actions: we record the actions taken on each case—letters, emails, calls and tweets—and use that information in our advocacy.

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