For Immediate Release
Brazil: Reopening of Dorothy Stang’s case is rare opportunity for justice
LONDON - The Pará Court's decision to reopen the
case of the killing of nun Dorothy Stang offers a rare opportunity for
justice in a state where human rights defenders and social activists
live with a price on their heads, said Amnesty International today.
"Pará has become a byword for brutality and injustice," said Tim
Cahill, Brazil researcher at Amnesty International. "The killing of
Sister Dorothy Stang illustrates the realities of dozens of human
rights and social activists in Pará who are continuously persecuted and
punished for defending the rights of the landless and disposed."
Amnesty International called on the authorities to ensure a swift
and just resolution to this case, ensuring that the death of Sister
Dorothy stands as a turning point for justice in Pará.
Amnesty International is a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights for all. Our supporters are outraged by human rights abuses but inspired by hope for a better world - so we work to improve human rights through campaigning and international solidarity. We have more than 2.2 million members and subscribers in more than 150 countries and regions and we coordinate this support to act for justice on a wide range of issues.