CIPÓ, together with other Brazilian civil society organizations — think tanks and NGOs such as Conectas, Coalizão Negra por Direitos, Artigo 19, Arns Commission and the Brazilian Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (Abong), among others — met with the diplomatic service of the European Union (the European External Action Service – EEAS) on September 7, 2022. The date was also marked by anti-democratic demonstrations in Brazil. The conversation was featured on the news portals Valor Econômico and UOL.
The network of civil society organizations aims to expand international support for the results of the 2022 Presidential Elections in Brazil and the reliability of the electoral process. Veronique Lorenzo, head of the South America Division of the European Union’s diplomatic service, reaffirmed the European Union’s confidence in the institutions responsible for maintaining the fairness of Brazilian elections, even as they are being constantly questioned by presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro.
CIPÓ Director of Programs Maiara Folly commented stated to UOL:
“It is essential that the international community support Brazilian democracy by reaffirming its trust in Brazil’s electoral institutions, as the European Union’s ambassador to Brazil, Ignacio Ybañez, and the German ambassador to Brazil, Heiko Thoms, have already done.”
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