Hélio Bicudo

Hélio Pereira Bicudo (5 July 1922 – 31 July 2018) was a Brazilian jurist and politician.

Hélio Bicudo
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Vice Mayor of São Paulo
In office
1 January 2001 – 1 January 2005
MayorMarta Suplicy
Preceded byRégis de Oliveira
Succeeded byGilberto Kassab
Federal Deputy from São Paulo
In office
1 February 1991 – 1 February 1999
City Secretary of Legal Affairs of São Paulo
In office
1 January 1989 – 1 January 1991
MayorLuiza Erundina
Minister of Finance (acting)
In office
27 September 1963 – 4 October 1963
PresidentJoão Goulart
Preceded byCarvalho Pinto
Succeeded byNey Neves Galvão
Personal details
Hélio Pereira Bicudo

(1922-07-05)5 July 1922
Mogi das Cruzes, São Paulo, Brazil
Died31 July 2018(2018-07-31) (aged 96)[1]
São Paulo, Brazil
Political partyIndependent (2005–18)
PT (1980–2005)
EducationUniversity of São Paulo (B)


During the term of Carvalho Pinto as Governor of São Paulo, Bicudo was the first president of the Urubupungá Electric Centrals, builders of the Jupiá and Ilha Solteira power plants.

He was acting Minister of Finance, replacing Carvalho Pinto between 27 September and 4 October 1963.

As Justice Prosecutor of São Paulo, fought against the death squad, alongside the then Justice District Attorney Dirceu de Mello. Because of his participation in this case and other investigation of violation of human rights, he had his name included in the National Intelligence Service.

In 1981, became part of the 1st Executive Board of Directors of Wilson Pinheiro Foundation, foundation of partisan support instituted by the PT, predecessor of the Perseu Abramo Foundation.

In 1986, Bicudo was candidate to the Senate by the PT, placing 3rd, after the elected Mário Covas and Fernando Henrique Cardoso, both from the PMDB.

Was City Secretary of Legal Affairs of São Paulo during the administration of Luiza Erundina from 1989 to 1990, years which he was elected federal deputy.

On February 2000, he was sworn president of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, based in Washington. Is the third Brazilian to assume the presidency of the entity.

Hélio was Vice Mayor of São Paulo from 2001 to 2004, during the administration of Marta Suplicy.

One of the approximately 100 professor that founded the then called Workers' Party in Education and then the Workers' Party in 1980, which he was member until 2005, following the Mensalão scandal.

In 2010, declared support to Marina Silva in the first round and to José Serra in the second round. In 2012, supported Serra one more time for Mayor of São Paulo.[2]

Created and presided, between 2003 and 2013, the Inter-American Foundation of Defence of the Human Rights (FidDH), entity that acted alongside the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, denouncing and following cases of disrespect of human rights in Brazil.

The complaints under his responsibility were transferred to the care of many other entities of the same objective. The closure of activities of the FidDH happened because of the lack of financial resources. Its library collection was donated to the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo in the same year in a solemn act.

In 2015, he filed in the Chamber of Deputies an impeachment request against president Dilma Rousseff.[3] Jurist Miguel Reale Júnior and pro-impeachment social movements decided to support Bicudo's request,[4] which got the support of parliamentaries in the Congress and the majority of the civil society, whom organized a petition requesting the impeachment of the President of the Republic, while other parliamentaries and member of the Workers' Party positioned themselves in the defence of the defendant President. Bicudo's request was, in the same year, accepted by the then President of the Chamber of Deputies Eduardo Cunha, after many meetings to instruct the claimants.[5] In 31 August 2016, the impeachment request was approved by the Federal Senate in a voting 61-20, removing Rousseff from the Presidency and officializing Michel Temer as President of Brazil.[6]

Bicudo died on 31 July 2018.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Morre advogado Hélio Bicudo, fundador do PT e autor do pedido de impeachment de Dilma". 31 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Fundador do PT, Hélio Bicudo declara apoio a José Serra" (in Portuguese). Último Segundo. 16 October 2012. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  3. ^ Rizério, Lara (1 September 2015). "Fundador do PT, Hélio Bicudo entra com pedido de impeachment contra Dilma Rousseff" (in Portuguese). Info Money. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  4. ^ Bocchini, Bruno (11 September 2015). "Movimentos sociais aderem ao requerimento de Hélio Bicudo sobre impeachment" (in Portuguese). Agência Brasil. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  5. ^ Passarinho, Nathalia (2 December 2015). "Eduardo Cunha autoriza abrir processo de impeachment de Dilma" (in Portuguese). G1. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  6. ^ Garcia, Gustavo; Calgaro, Fernanda; Matoso, Filipe; Lis, Laís; Rodrigues, Mateus (31 August 2016). "Senado aprova impeachment, Dilma perde mandato e Temer assume" (in Portuguese). G1. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
Political offices
Preceded by
Régis de Oliveira
Vice Mayor of São Paulo
Succeeded by
Gilberto Kassab
Government offices
Preceded by
Carvalho Pinto
Ministry of Finance

Succeeded by
Carvalho Pinto