Brazil must hold the intellectual authors responsible to account for the death of human rights defender Marielle Franco and her driver Anderson Pedro Gomes
On the evening of March 14, 2018 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 38-year-old women and LGBTI human rights defender Marielle Franco was shot to death in her vehicle. Her driver, 39-year-old Anderson Pedro Gomes, was also killed. According to media reports, experts have identified that the bullets used in the crime belong to the Brazilian Federal Police.
Marielle was a prominent women and LGBTI human rights defender in Rio de Janeiro, and was elected to Rio de Janeiro city council in 2016. She was well known for denouncing human rights violations, mainly against young people, women, black people, and LGBTI people. She also worked to expose human rights violations committed by the security forces, including extrajudicial executions.
Threats and attacks against human rights defenders in Brazil are pervasive.
On March 12, 2019, two people were arrested and accused of having participated in the murders of Marielle and Anderson. But the intellectual authors and the motive for the crime have not been identified.