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UN Human Rights Chief meets Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva

Brazilian President Lula da Silva told the Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva that he had made the protection and promotion of human rights a central part of his Government.

Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva addressing the 11th session of the Human Rights Council- © UN Photo/ Jean-Marc FERREIn his address, the Brazilian President spoke at length about the financial crisis and the role all countries, developed and developing, must play in finding solutions.

Lula da Silva met earlier with the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay and the President of the Human Rights Council, Martin Ihoeghian Uhomoibhi. At that meeting the Brazilian President raised a number of issues with serious human rights implications including climate change, the plight of the world’s poor and the duty of richer nations to assist poorer countries.

Pillay commended Lula da Silva for his Government’s leadership on indigenous issues and the progress made in the achievement of economic, social and cultural rights. Pillay also thanked the Brazilian President for bringing to the fore the plight of the world’s poor in the current economic crisis.

Uhomoibhi extended the invitation to Lula da Silva to address the Council when the two met in the Amazon city of Manaus in April.

Uhomoibhi said he was impressed by the results of the visionary leadership of the President in the fight against poverty, hunger and social exclusion in Brazilian society.

16 June 2009