The Assassination of Marielle Franco – The World Demand Justice!

We demand justice for Marielle Franco

On March 14th, one of Brazil’s most courageous social leaders was brutally assassinated on the streets of Rio de Janeiro. Marielle Franco, a city councilwoman and human rights defender, was shot four times in the head by unknown assailants in a passing vehicle shortly after leaving a gathering of young Black activists. Her driver, Anderson Pedro Gomes, was also killed.

Long before being elected to Rio’s city council in 2016, Marielle was widely known as a tireless and fearless advocate for the rights of Afro-Brazilians, LGBT persons, women and low income communities. A gay Black woman born and raised in one of Rio’s poorest neighborhoods, she campaigned relentlessly against spiraling police violence in the city’s favelas.

Marielle’s activism earned her many powerful enemies. She vehemently challenged the impunity surrounding extrajudicial killings of Black youth by security forces and, two days before her killing, had denounced the police’s role in the killing of a young Black man named Matheus Melo. She was a leading critic of the military intervention in Rio de Janeiro and was the head of a city commission tasked with monitoring the intervention.

We are deeply concerned and shocked by this commando-style killing of a woman who was a voice for the voiceless and a symbol of resistance to state-perpetrated violence, militarization and anti-democratic forces. Given that Marielle’s assassination bears all the hallmarks of a targeted assassination, we call for the creation of an independent commission comprised of prominent and respected national and international human rights and legal experts and tasked with carrying out an independent investigation of the murder of Marielle Franco with the full cooperation of state judicial and police authorities.

Shortly before her death, Marielle asked «How many others will have to die before this war will end.» We call for justice for Marielle Franco and the daughter and the partner she leaves behind, and for an end to the killings and criminalization of activists, government opponents and low income people in Brazil.

  • Ava DuVernay Filmmaker
  • Rev. Jesse Jackson Civil rights activist
  • Anielle Silva sister of Marielle Franco
  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Author, Nigeria
  • Arundhati Roy Author India
  • Angela Davis Distinguished Professor Emerita, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Edward Snowden Whistleblower and President of Freedom of Press Foundation
  • Shami Chakrabarti UK Shadow Attorney General
  • Naomi Campbell Model and activist
  • Ta-Nehesi Coates Journalist and author of “Black Panther” comic series/graphic novel
  • Noam Chomsky Professor Emeritus of Linguistics at MIT, political theorist
  • Janelle Monae Singer and Actress
  • Patrisse Cullors Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter, LGBT activist
  • David Miranda first LGBT Rio City Councillor, PSOL
  • Glenn Greenwald Journalist
  • Wagner Moura Brazilian Actor and Director
  • Marcelo Freixo State Representative, PSOL, Defence of Human Rights & Citizenship Chair
  • Mônica Benício Architect and companion of Marielle
  • Luciana Genro Founder of PSOL, former Presidential candidate, Brazil
  • Bertha Zúñiga Cáceres daughter of the late Berta Cáceres, General Coordinator of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH)
  • Antonia Pellegrino Feminist screenwriter
  • Linda Sarsour National Co-Chair of the Women’s March on Washington, former Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York
  • Naomi Klein Author and journalist
  • Ayo Obe President of Nigeria’s Civil Liberties Organization
  • Baltasar Garzón International human rights lawyer
  • Thandie Newton Actress and activist
  • Celso Amorim former Brazilian Foreign Minister
  • Danny Glover Actor, film director, and activist
  • Shaun King Journalist and civil rights activist
  • Pamela Anderson Actress
  • Gael García Bernal Actor and director
  • Julian Assange Publisher, Wikileaks
  • Alfonso Cuaron Filmmaker
  • Opal Tometi Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter, Executive Director at Black Alliance for Just Immigration
  • Oliver Stone Filmmaker
  • Viggo Mortensen Actor
  • Yanis Varoufakis former Greek Finance Minister
  • Renata Avila Guatemalan human rights lawyer and digital rights advocate
  • Cheryl Carolus South African activist and politician
  • Jean-Michel Jarre Musician
  • Slavoj Žižek Philosopher, Birkbeck Institute for Humanities
  • Chris Williamson MP, No Coup in Brazil and Labour Friends of Progressive Latin America
  • Verónika Mendoza Frisch President of Movimiento Nuevo Perú (MNP), former congresswoman and presidential candidate of Peru
  • Brian Eno Musician and producer
  • Ken Loach Filmmaker
  • Kate Osamor UK Shadow Secretary of State for International Development
  • Tamika Mallory National Co-Chair of the Women’s March on Washington
  • Winnie Wong Co-Founder of The People for Bernie, National Advisor Women’s March
  • Bill Fletcher Jr. former president of TransAfrica Forum; racial justice, labor, and international activist
  • Medea Benjamin Co-Founder of CodePink Women for Peace and Global Exchange
  • Jodie Evans Co-Founder and Director of CodePink Women for Peace
  • Tef Poe Co-Founder of “Hands Up United”
  • Eduardo Barcesat Founding member American Association of Jurists
  • Valeria Wasserman Chomsky Translator
  • Johann Hari writer
  • Marieme Jamme tech activist, Senegal
  • Lindsey German Founding member and convenor of Stop the War Coalition
  • Giorgio Jackson Parliamentarian, Chile
  • Mark Weisbrot Co-Director, Center for Economic and Policy Research
  • Alexander Main Senior Associate, International Policy, Center for Economic and Policy Research
  • John Finnie MSP (Green)
  • Bill Kidd Member of Scotish Parliament (SNP)
  • Christina McKelvie Member of Scotish Parliament (SNP)
  • Alex Rowley Member of Scotish Parliament (Labour)
  • Lord Hunt de Chesterton (Labour)
  • Michael Mansfield Queen’s Counsel
  • Tariq Ali Writer, filmmaker and editor
  • Linton Kwesi Johnson Dub Poet, Jamaica
  • Ann Pettifor Political economist, Director of Prime: Policy Research in Macroeconomics
  • Barbora Bukovská Article 19: Global Campaign for Free Expression
  • Arlene Clemesha Historian and TV Commentator
  • Srećko Horvat Filósofo, Philosopher, Democracy in Europe Movement 2025
  • Vladimir Safatle Philosopher (USP)
  • Paola Pietrandera Democracy in Europe Movement 2025
  • Agnieszka Wiśniewska Editor-in-chief of Krytyka Polityczna
  • Lorenzo Marsili Director of European Alternatives
  • Rafael Heiber Co-founder and Executive Director of Common Action Forum
  • Carmen Perez National Co-Chair of the Women’s March on Washington, Executive Director of The Gathering for Justice
  • Michael Lowy emeritus research director in social sciences, Paris
  • Netfa Freeman Institute for Policy Studies
  • James Early Board of Institute for Policy Studies
  • Caetano Veloso Singer and Author
  • Paula Lavigne Producer
  • Helena Kennedy Human Rights lawyer, Chamber of the Lords of the UK
  • Miguel Urban MEP of Podemos
  • Francisco Louçã Portuguese intelectual and former MP of Bloco de Esquerda
  • Laura Restrepo Colombian writer
  • Tania Pariona Peruvian congresswoman
  • Mario Canzio Álvarez Peruvian congressman

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