Sandro Cipriano, teacher and youth and LGTBIQ+ rights defender, was reported missing on Thursday, June 27, 2019. His body was found on Saturday, June 29, showing advanced signs of decomposition with a shot to the head and a stab wound. Additionally, his eyes were missing.
Sandro was a teacher and director at Serviço de Tecnologia Alternativa (Serta), an NGO dedicated to achieve economic, social, environmental, cultural and political through education. Sandro was in charge of the “Human Rights Education” module of the technical course in Agroecology, where he taught young people, other teachers and family farmers.
Sandro was on the national directive board of the NGO Associação Brasileira de ONGs (Abong). He was deeply committed to various initiatives in Pernambuco aimed at achieving sustainable development in the field.
Also known for his defence and promotion of the rights of youth, Sandro had previously worked as a national youth counsellor (Conjuve) and a state counsellor for youth related public policies in Pernambuco.
Sandro was a coordinator in Grupo Sete Cores, organization dedicated to help develop and implement LGBTQI+ related public policies.