Case No. 28/2017: UNESCO
NOTIFICATION to Brazil
On February 7, 2018, the International Buddhist Ethics Committee & Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights is communicating with the Government of Brazil as a result of the Judgment made by the Brazilian justice against former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva for crimes of corruption with 12 years in prison. Due to the fact that Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has received the UNESCO‘s Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize, the Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights once again considers that UNESCO should immediately cancel the peace award given to Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who was rewarded for his supposed contribution to social justice despite leading a corrupt government in Brazil.
In addition to the judgment for passive corruption and money laundering in the “Tríplex Case”, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is faced with multiple trials before the Brazilian justice system, such as obstruction of justice (“Petrobras Case“); passive corruption, influence peddling, money laundering and illicit association (“Angola Contracts Case“); passive corruption and money laundering (“Lava Jato Case” and “House in Atibaia Case“); and passive corruption (“Operation Zelotes Case“).
Ergo, the Brazilian government is notified that it should ask UNESCO to annul the peace prize awarded to Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, as this contradicts the founding spirit of this international organization, as well as being a violation of the spirit of Peace.
With spirit of Reconciliation (Maitri),
H.E. Master Maitreya Samyaksambuddha
President and Judge of the International Buddhist Ethics Committee & Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights