I had the great opportunity to attend the CALL-ACAMS Annual Conference (Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers - http://www.call-acams.com), founded at the end of the 1980s and that today brings together about 250 lawyers committed to the defense of labour rights and development of human rights. The entity, since its foundation, has consistently supported the defense of labour rights throughout Latin America.
In the Conference, held from June 1st. to June 5th, 2016, I represented the ALAL (Latin American Association of Labour Lawyers), an organization in which I am currently Director for Legislative Affairs, and presented a lecture about the threats that labour rights and fundamental guarantees have been suffering since the illegitimate coup that recently took place in Brazil. The Conference was attended by over 200 participants and was held in the beautiful city of St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada.
I was deeply moved by the solidarity and companionship of CALL-ACAMS and all of its members. The participants of the Conference expressed themselves in unison against the illegal coup that recently took place in Brazil, reporting to the world the injustice committed against our young democracy. The emotional pictures below represent the impressive demonstration of activism and solidarity of Canadian lawyers, who raised posters in English and French against the coup.
I must confess that this was one of the most emotional moments of my career as a labour lawyer and activist for human rights.
On behalf of those who fight for the return of democracy to Brazil and for the end of the de facto government of Temer, I would like to express my deepest appreciation to the directors of CALL-ACAMS and all its members. I hope that sooner than later we can celebrate the restoration of the democratic order in Brazil with our Canadian friends.
Maximiliano Nagl Garcez
Lawyer for Labour Unions in Brazil
Director for Legislative Affairs of ALAL - Latin American Association of Labour Lawyers (email@example.com)