Brazil's Lula should have political rights : UN Human Rights Committee

In this April 7, 2018 file photo, former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva looks on before speaking to supporters outside the Metal Workers Union headquarters in Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil. Da Silva has registered on Aug. his candidacy for president, experts say there is a narrow path by which authorities could allow him to run. (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)

SAO PAULO: The U.N. Human Rights Committee Friday said it had requested that the Brazilian government allow imprisoned former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to exercise his political rights.

Lula is the presidential candidate for his Workers Party and leads polls ahead of the October ballot but is widely expected to be banned from running by an electoral court. He was jailed in April on a corruption conviction.





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