For the original by Lívia de Cássia Godoi Moraes in Portuguese in Brasil de Fato click here.
On the Rio de Janeiro state’s official website of the Pacifying Police Units (UPPs),the justification for their creation is “for security, citizenship, and social inclusion purposes.” The UPP program (which turned 5 last month) encompasses partnerships among the municipal, state, and federal governments, as well as different civil society actors, including private businesses. According to the website, “the government’s priority is the preservation of residents’ lives and liberties.”
For the original in Portuguese on the Institute for the Study of Labor and Society (IETS) website click here.
New investments, growth in the local economy, the policy of pacification, and large-scale urban interventions are changing the city of Rio de Janeiro. Hotels are opening in favelas; bakeries and small grocers are giving way to restaurants and retail shops. Gentrification is the buzzword of the moment. To discuss this process, which results in real estate appreciation in a given area displacing that area’s original inhabitants, OsteRio invited for another round of debates the urbanist Flavio Ferreira; Theresa Williamson, also a city planner More >
From December 8 to 10, international leaders from public, private, and civil society sectors came together in Rio de Janeiro for the Clinton Global Initiative Latin America conference. The focus was on efforts to advance the region’s social and economic progress with sessions on developing human capacity, designing for green growth and harnessing technology and innovation. To an audience primarily of Brazilian politicians, business and civil society leaders, and with Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes and Governor Sérgio Cabral both on stage with him, former US President Bill Clinton made his speech, here transcribed, calling for creative cooperation across sectors to tackle More >
On Tuesday morning, December 3rd, the Municipal Legislative Chamber filled with approximately one hundred people–favela residents, public defenders, professors, and human rights advocates–eager to participate in the public hearing on “Removals for Large Projects in the City of Rio de Janeiro” after the previous hearing in September had been cancelled 30 minutes prior to start time. In one fiery speech after another, participants recounted an illegal and arbitrary process of removals, and expressed dissatisfaction with the lack of representation from the Mayor’s office and the rest of City Council. In spite of this, the event carried symbolic importance, as activists took the More >
For the original in by Gustavo Goulart in Portuguese in O Globo click here.
Militias dominate 454 of the 1,001 favelas located in the Rio de Janeiro municipality. This is one of the findings of research carried out by anthropologist Alba Zaluar and her team from the Institute of Social Studies and Politics (IESP), Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ), and Christopher Barcellos, coordinator of Fiocruz’s Information in Health Laboratory and the Institute of Communication and Scientific Information and Technology (ICICT).