The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) condemned the killing of Brazilian councilwoman Marielle Franco and her driver in the city of Rio de Janeiro.

A statement issued by OHCHR said that Franco was a well-known defender of human rights, women and people of African descent, who made campaigns against police violence and in favour of the most humble people.

OHCHR called for an investigation to be carried out as soon as possible, saying that this should be a thorough, transparent and independent process.

OHCHR said that efforts are needed to identify those responsible and bring them before justice.

In Brazil, the killing of Franco, from the Socialism and Freedom Party, who opposed the militarization in Rio de Janeiro, caused profound shock, according to local reports.

She was only 39 when she was riddled with bullets on Wednesday night, after participating in a meeting for the defence of black women.

Source: NAM News Network