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Brazilian Federal Supreme Court's (STF) justices honored with Don Quixote Trophy and Justice & Citizenship Medal of Merit

The Chief Justice of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF), Dias Toffoli, opened on Wednesday (9th) the ceremony in which were honored Justices Edson Fachin and Rosa Weber - with the Don Quixote de La Mancha Trophy - and Justice Cármen Lúcia - with the Justice & Citizenship Medal of Merit. This is the 29th edition of the ceremony, which annually honors prominent personalities in the defense of ethics, morality, dignity, justice and citizenship rights. The award, offered by the Don Quixote Brotherhood and the magazine “Justice & Citizenship”, was inspired by the characters created by the Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes.

At the beginning of the ceremony, Toffoli stressed that the commendation is part of the history of Brazilian Justice. “The award prizes all the personalities who stand out for their unremitting and hard work for the sake of constitutional ideals, people who help the country progress further on the path of development and social peace,” he said.

According to thr Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, the purpose of the institutions is to promote full citizenship in the life of each Brazilian through the effectiveness of civil, social, political, economic, cultural and minority rights. The Chief Justice stressed that the judiciary and the institutions essential to justice - Public Prosecutors, public and private advocates, Public Defenders - have contributed decisively to the realization of these ideals. “May the tributes made here inspire us to remain stubborn in defending and promoting justice, citizenship, the Republic and Democracy,” he said.

Ceaseless pursuit

According to the president of the Justice & Citizenship Institute, Tiago Salles - son of the commendator of the commendation, journalist Orpheu Salles (deceased) - his father believed that in each judge there is a Don Quixote, due to the incessant and daily search for justice. He explained that, after being awarded the Don Quixote Trophy, the honoree can receive the Sancho Panza trophy, which means fidelity and loyalty to the same principles.

Tiago Salles also said that, after the two awards, there is a third, the Medal of Merit Justice & Citizenship, offered in this year's edition to Justice Cármen Lúcia and the president of the Superior Court of Justice (STJ), Minister João Otávio de Noronha. “We created the medal to continue honoring those Brazilians who work hard for Brazil and who make a difference in our society,” he said, noting that, until today, only the Justices Dias Toffoli, Ricardo Lewandowski and Marco Aurélio received the medal. Marco Aurélio was the first magistrate to receive the Don Quixote Trophy in 1999.

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