Brasilia_ Nearly 500,000 people sign up today to join the campaign for former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva to be declared Nobel Peace Prize winner in 2019, Prensa Latina reports.

According to the website Rede Brasil Atual, supporters of the ex-worker leader are redoubling the campaign for their Nobel nomination, which must be made until February 1.

Lula has been imprisoned since April by the Superintendence of the Federal Police of Curitiba, in the southern state of Paraná, for alleged acts of corruption.

His defense, as well as numerous artists, activists and jurists allege that it is a political prison, given the fragility of the evidence and the national context that separated him from the October presidential elections won by far-right politician Jair Bolsonaro.

The Nobel Peace Prize of 1980, the Argentine Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, was the one who devised this candidacy, taking into account the performance of Lula during his term (2003-2011) regarding social policies, which withdrew more than 30 million Brazilians of extreme poverty and removed the giant South American country from the UN hunger map.

'The Nobel for Lula will help strengthen the hope of being able to continue building a new dawn to dignify the tree of life,' Esquivel once said.

News media claim that the initiative spread through social networks through followers who recognize the immense legacy left by Lula during their governments.

According to the Nobel Foundation statute, a valid candidature for the Nobel Peace Prize requires the signing of members of national assemblies and national governments (cabinet members or ministers) of sovereign states, as well as current heads of state; members of the International Court of Justice in The Hague and of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.

The rubric of members of the Droit International Institute is also needed; university professors, emeritus and associates of history, social sciences, law, philosophy, theology and religion; university rectors and directors of universities among others.

The proposals of that board will be presented at its first meeting, which will take place after February 1.

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