Target: Sergio Cabral, Governor of Rio de Janeiro
Goal: Demand a full and prompt investigation into the disappearance of Amarildo Souza Lima.
Amarildo Souza Lima has been missing ever since he was “released” from Brazilian Military Police custody. Sign the petition and demand that the Brazilian government launch a thorough investigation into Souza Lima’s disappearance.
Souza Lima was taken into custody after he was mistaken for a drug dealer that the Military Police were chasing. Security cameras show him entering the Unidade de Polícia Pacificadora (UPP) building, but there is no record of him ever leaving. The police claim that Souza Lima was released, and that the lack of corroborating video footage is the result of a broken security camera. However, Souza Lima’s family and friends, along with human rights activists, fear the worst; the institution of the UPP in Rio de Janeiro’s shanty towns has coincided with a rise in human rights complaints, reports Amnesty International.
Souza Lima is a lifelong resident of Rocinha, a shanty town neighborhood in Rio. A bricklayer with a completely clean criminal record, he is well-known by both residents and police in the community, which makes his sudden disappearance all the more suspicious.
Demand justice for Amarildo Souza Lima and his family. Sign the petition and tell the government to launch a full investigation, and to take all necessary steps to protect witnesses and participants in the investigation from intimidation.