On March 14th, less than a month into a federal military intervention that is supposed to fix the security crisis in the state of Rio de Janeiro, the brutal assassination of a Rio de Janeiro’s Councilwoman, Marielle Franco, has dragged new actors into an already intricate political situation – and this time they are international. The United Nations (UN), which had already been expressing concerns about the unfolding political situation, may now dive into the story head first.
The case of Marielle meets all the criteria for setting the UN machinery in motion. Politically, the great commotion that the story of Marielle’s murder generated nationally in Brazil earned it international political attention, including that of the UN, an organization that strategically chooses to focus its work on emblematic cases that can serve as examples of the fight for human rights around the world. Technically, the history of other recent similar cases killings in Brazil, the profile of the victim, the circumstances of the crime, its modus operandi and the allegations of people close to the victim should, in theory, be sufficient in order for the case to be picked up by the UN.
by Camila Jordan and Fernanda Nogueira, Editors and Writers at Brazil Talk
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(This article was updated on Monday, 16th of October 2017)
On October 10th, the Senate approved the PLC 44/2016 amendment to the 9.299/2016 Law; the proposal alters the current decree that defines the Military Penal Code, from October 21st, 1969, concerning the judging process of military servants in the exercise of their duties. In layman terms, it means that crimes committed by the military in duty (under policing and “Law and Order enforcement” operations) against the lives of civilians would be judged by the Military Justice System.
As of today, Monday the 16th of October, Michel Temer, acting President of Brazil, has sanctioned the Law PLC 44/2016. The law was already published in the Diário Oficial da União, roughly translated as the Federal Official Journal of Brazil.
Foreign policy has returned to the spotlight in the early days of President Dilma Rousseff’s second term after having all but disappeared during the election period. The good news is that the appointment of a new foreign minister and the future of diplomacy over the next four years have received considerable attention both in the specialized press and in the mass media. More importantly, it has created the expectation that Brazil will become more active again internationally.