Lula’s lawyer denounced both Lula's arrest and the cruelty of the current Brazilian administration for not allowing Lula to attend his brother's funeral in January.
Lula's defense team handed the case over to the U.N. Thursday as reported by the Workers' Party (PT).
Lula da Silva, who was arrested after being convicted in the Lava Jato corruption case by a Federal Regional Court, is internationally recognized as a political prisoner. His imprisonment kept him from running for president in the October 2018 general elections and paved the way for the victory of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro.
During a meeting of the UNHRC in March, Lula’s case is expected to be analyzed by 18 judges from different nations.
Judge Sergio Moro, who sentenced Lula to prison, was appointed by President-elect Jair Bolsonaro as the future justice minister, raising suspicions about his intentions.
In early February, the Brazilian Workers' Party (PT) convened for demonstrations in Sao Paulo, Porto Alegre, Cuiaba, and other cities across the country to support Lula da Silva, who was condemned by Judge Gabriela Hardt to 12 years and 11 months in prison on no grounds.
Since April, Lula has been a prisoner of the Federal Police in Curitiba, capital of the southern state of Parana for alleged acts of corruption.