Will Brazil's da Silva be allowed to run for president?
The United Nations Human Rights Committee has called for imprisoned former president Luiz Inacio "Lula" da Silva to be allowed to run as a candidate in October's presidential elections.
The committee, which oversees countries' compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, said on Friday that Lula cannot be disqualified from the poll because his legal appeals are still ongoing.
Brazil's Workers Party nominated Lula as their candidate earlier this month, despite him currently serving a 12-year prison sentence for corruption.
The former president is leading the polls by a wide margin. He and his supporters say the charges are politically motivated.
Under Brazilian law, candidates with a conviction upheld cannot hold office for eight years.
But a conviction does not bar them from campaigning.
The Supreme Electoral Tribunal, which has until September 17 to rule on Lula's candidacy, is expected to bar the 72-year-old from running, a decision his lawyers could then appeal to the Supreme Court.