Sign the Petition to Demand Justice for Human Rights Defenders Murdered in Brazil
On June 24 and 25, 2012 the bodies of human rights defenders Almir Nogueira de Amorim and Joao Luiz Telles Penetra were found with clear signs of murder after being missing since the 23rd of that month (immediately following Rio+20) with clear signs of murder. Almir Nogueira de Amorim and Joao Luiz Telles Penetra, or "Pituca" as he was known, were both leaders of "Associacao Homens do Mar, AHOMAR" (Loosely translated as Asociation of the Men of the Sea), created in 2009 to defend the rights of small fishermen of Rio de Janeiro, especially those affected by the construction of Petrobras pipeline. Since the beginning of the organization's activities, there have been reports of death threats, physical attacks, and killings against its members. According to AHOMAR the master minds of these attacks are people linked to death squads, security guards hired by the companies and consortia in charge of building pipelines and militias operating in the region.
Sign the petition below by August 1, 2012 to send a message to the Brazilian authorities and the familes, friends and comrades of the fisherman Almir Nogueira de Amorim and Joao Luiz Telles Penetra. Commit to defend the rights of human rights advocates in Brazil and around the globe.
We urge the authorities of Brazil:
- Initiate an immediate, thorough and impartial investigation of deaths of Almir Nogueira de Amorim and Luis Telles Penetra, with the intention of publicizing the results and bring those responsible to justice in accordance with international standards;
- Investigate all reports of death threats and other forms of intimidation of human rights defenders and members of AHOMAR, and adopt measures to ensure their protection;
- Ensure in all circumstances that human rights defenders in Brazil are able to perform their legitimate and peaceful activities of human rights without fear of reprisals and free of any restrictions.