Don’t Suspend Groundbreaking Anti-Corruption Work

Target: Augusto Aras, Prosecutor General of Brazil

Goal: Renew mandate of vital anti-corruption investigation.

A sweeping anti-corruption investigation in Brazil could be eliminated just as it’s needed most if it doesn’t receive renewed approval. Operation Car Wash, initiated in 2014, coordinates the efforts of hundreds of probes and court cases in combating widespread corruption at every level of local and national government. It has resulted in the conviction of nearly 200 people for defrauding the public and recovered the equivalent of hundreds of millions of dollars in public money.

Pressure has been mounting from President Jair Bolsonaro’s administration to shutter the effort, leaving hundreds of cases unsolved and allowing countless corrupt public and private individuals to get away with their crimes. Political figures on both the left and right wings have urged Prosecutor General Aras not to give into the pressure, but his decision remains unmade. Sign the petition below to urge Aras to safeguard Operation Car Wash from interference in order to restore respect for the law and citizenry in Brazil.


Dear Prosecutor General Aras,

Operation Car Wash has resulted in convictions and the recovery of enormous sums of money, restoring the faith of the public in the rule of law in Brazil. Despite the success of these efforts, unscrupulous political figures eager to protect corrupt allies are working to end the investigations. Although the pressure from the highest levels of government is doubtless significant, more than 400 ongoing probes must be protected to ensure that justice is served and the work of countless investigators isn’t wasted. I urge you to ignore pressure to shutter the operation and instead renew its approval.


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