February 1, 2023
Rapprochement between future advisor and ambassador punished for harassment generates criticism in Itamaraty - 12/15/2022 - Billboard

Rapprochement between future advisor and ambassador punished for harassment generates criticism in Itamaraty – 12/15/2022 – Billboard

The close relationship between the future Chancellor Mauro Vieira and the retired Ambassador Joao Carlos de Sousa Gómez, Punished in Itamaraty for sexual harassmentcritically called by diplomats since the president-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) He announced his selection to head the Itamaraty in his cabinet.

Vieira and Sousa Gómez graduated together in 1974 from the Instituto Rio Branco, the country’s school for diplomats. He appointed the first and second special adviser on parliamentary affairs in 2015, when he took over the Ministry of Foreign Affairs under Dilma Rousseff (Workers’ Party).

The choice was made even after Souza Gomez’s visit to the Montevideo Embassy, ​​when he was Harassment reports In 2011, they led an inspection of Itamaraty in the Uruguay Center with then Corregidor Gélson Fonseca in attendance. He is warned that the behavior is unacceptable, but not punished.

Sousa-Gomez was only removed in 2017, due to reports of harassment in the Brazilian delegation to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome, a position to which he had been sent in 2016 by then. President Michel Temer (MDB), without Vieira’s official involvement. The disciplinary process ended in December 2018 with an 85-day suspension.

The future minister was one of the witnesses called by the defense in this process. In a memorandum, the future chancellor, in his testimony, said, “He was unaware of the facts that led to the accusation, including because he resides in a different city than the city of the aforementioned ambassador.”

Vieira also said he was not aware of reports of harassment in Uruguay when he hired him as his advisor.

The memory contains an additional element: one of the victims of Souza Gomez’s racist comments, according to testimony in the process, was Ambassador Maria Laura da Rochahas now been chosen by Vieira as General Secretary Itamaratythe first woman to hold this position.

He was preceded by Ambassador Souza Gomez in the Brazilian delegation to the Food and Agriculture Organization. According to testimony from the operation, the ambassador “made a comment about the dark complexion of Ambassador María Laura da Rocha.”

There was an expectation among diplomats that President-elect Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva He chose a woman to head the Itamaraty🇧🇷 Rocha was one of the names quoted.

Vieira headed the Croatian embassy until he was chosen as a future chancellor. The announcement came last Friday (9), the same day that the European country team eliminated the Brazilian team in the World Cup.


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