Public bodies linked to the defense of human rights signed a term of commitment to curb political violence and the dissemination of fake news (Fake news in the state of São Paulo in this year’s elections. initiative came from the São Paulo State Council for the Defense of Human Rights (Condepe), which will receive the complaints, and brings together the São Paulo Public Ministry (MPSP), the state and federal public defenders’ offices and the Brazilian Bar Association. São Paulo Section (OAB/SP).
A survey commissioned by the Brazilian Public Security Forum and the Political Action Network for Sustainability (Raps), carried out by the Datafolha Institute, shows that 67% of people are afraid of being physically attacked for their political or partisan choice.
One of the most recent cases occurred last week, when Benedito Cardoso dos Santos, a supporter of former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, was killed stab wounds by Rafael Silva de Oliveira, a supporter of President Jair Bolsonaro’s reelection campaign, in a political discussion, according to the incident report.
According to the signatories of the initiative, the objective of the proposal is to preserve the “smoothness of the elections and the defense of democracy”. The entities also point out that the union is unprecedented and intends to speed up the investigation of acts that attack the electoral process, enabling the accountability of their authors and discouraging acts that violate political rights and the dissemination of fake news. Complaints will be received by the email [email protected]
The council will forward, within 24 hours, the cases to the Public Ministry of São Paulo, or the Public Defender’s Office of the Union, depending on the competence of the Justice to investigate. The expectation is that, with the signature of the term, the investigations will be initiated within 48 hours.