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Comment by UN Human Rights Office Spokesperson Liz Throssell on the killing of Rio de Janeiro councillor Marielle Franco


GENEVA (15 March 2018) - We condemn the deeply shocking murder in Brazil of Rio de Janeiro city councillor Marielle Franco and her driver. Franco was a well-known human rights defender who campaigned against police violence and for the rights of women and people of African descent, particularly of those living in poor areas.

We understand that the authorities have promised a full investigation into the killings which happened in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday night. We call for such an investigation to be carried out as soon as possible, and it must be thorough, transparent and independent if it is to be seen as credible. Strenuous efforts must be made to identify those responsible and bring them before the courts.


For more information and media requests, please contact: Liz Throssell (+41 22 917 9466 / ethrossell@ohchr.org)

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