Luis Ignacio Lula da Silva
Ignacio Lula da Silva is the former President of Brazil.
Peace for Cuba Appeal
On September 23, 2003 the radical Institute for Policy Studies held its 27th annual Letelier-Moffitt Memorial Human Rights Awards.
- International Award Recipient: Nancy Sanchez Mendez
Presented by Jan Schakowsky, United States Representative
- Domestic Award Recipient: Casa de Maryland
Presented by Harry Belafonte
- Special Recognition Award: Luis Ignacio Lula da Silva, President of Brazil-in absentia
Presented by John Sweeney, President, AFL-CIO
Democratic Socialists of America member Stanley Gacek is a labor attorney and AFL-CIO International Affairs Assistant Director, responsible for the Federation’s relations with Latin America and the Caribbean.
He has spoken and written extensively on Brazilian labor and politics and has been a friend and adviser to President Luis Ignacio Lula da Silva and the PT since the early 1980s.
- Stanley Gacek is a labor attorney and AFL-CIO International Affairs Assistant Director, responsible forthe Federation’s relations with Latin America and the Caribbean. He has spoken and written extensivelyon Brazilian labor and politics and has been a friend and adviser to Lula and the PT for twenty-four years.
1993 DSA meeting
On April 17, 1993 Democratic Socialists of America hosted a reception for an "extremely distinguished delegation of democratic socialist leaders from Latin America". The guests, all of whom would be running for president of their respective countries within the next year, included Ruben Zamora of El Salvador, Cuauhtemoc Cardenas of Mexico, Antonio Navarro Wolff of Colombia, and Luis Ignacio Lula da Silva (Lula) of Brazil.
Ties to the Communist Party of Brazil
Lula Refuses to Extradite Italian Militant
Cesare Battisti was convicted in absentia of murdering four people in Italy between 1978 and 1979. The 56-year-old has maintained his innocence, saying he is the victim of political persecution in Italy and that he risks being killed if extradited. In a book published in 2006 he stated,
- "I am guilty, as I have often said, of having participated in an armed group with a subversive aim and of having carried weapons. But I never shot anyone."
Battisti has been on the run since escaping from an Italian jail in 1981 while awaiting trial. He spent the intervening years in France - where he started a career as a novelist - Mexico and finally Brazil. After he was arrested in Brazil in 2007, the Italian government requested his extradition under an existing bilateral treaty. It said the former member of the radical Armed Proletarians for Communism (PAC) was a terrorist.
On Friday - the final day before handing over the presidency to Dilma Rousseff - Lula decided to turn down Italy's request "on the basis of a report by the attorney general", Foreign Minister Celso Amorim said.
The Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi condemned the move, and vowed to explore all options to have it reversed. He commented,
- "I express deep bitterness and regret at the decision by President Lula to refuse the extradition of Cesare Battisti, a multiple murderer, despite insistent requests and urging at all levels from Italy. This is a choice contrary to the most elementary sense of justice," he added. "I consider this situation is anything but closed - Italy will not give up and will make sure of its rights."
Defence Minister Ignazio La Russa said the decision was,
- "seriously offensive to Italy, and above all to the memory of the people who were killed and the pain of the relatives of those who lost their lives. Just the fact that Lula waited for the last hour of his term is a sign of his lack of courage," he added. "It's a disgrace. I'll never tire of saying it."
- ↑ International Peace for Cuba Appeal - letterhead, Nov. 14, 1994
- ↑ http://www.tni.org/archives/pin-watch_watch0309
- ↑ http://www.dsausa.org/dl/Winter_2005.pdf
- ↑ http://www.yorku.ca/lefthist/bios/gacek.html
- ↑ Dem. Left,Winter 2004/2005
- ↑ Dem.Left, May/June 1993, page 14.
- ↑ BBC News: Italy furious after Brazil's Lula refuses extradition, Dec. 31, 2010 (accessed on Jan. 6, 2011)