For the original by Camila Coelho in Portuguese on Globo Esporte click here.
Does everyone remember that remarkable image when our politicians jumped to their feet to celebrate the announcement of Rio de Janeiro as the host city for the 2016 Olympics? If you don’t remember, I posted a photo here below so that no one will forget that moment. Present in that group was then President Lula, the ex-Minister of Sport Orlando Silva, the Governor of Rio de Janeiro, Sergio Cabral, and the Mayor of the city, Eduardo Paes, as well as a few other politicians and athletes. Their joy More >
Question: what do you get when you cross a rapper-activist with a scuba-diving NGO worker, and throw in a very famous former President for good measure? Answer: TEDxMaré (and that is just scratching the surface). Saturday’s day-long conference brought together 150 participants and 20 speakers, in the first ever TED event to take place in a favela. The theme of the day was “favelicidade;” a wordplay which implies the (happy) integration of the favela and the city, and the 15-minute talks were broadly centered around this theme.
Although Fernando Henrique Cardoso was treated as the star attraction, the loudest applause of More >
For the original article by Artur Voltolini in Portuguese in Observatório de Favelas click here.How the logic of war applied by the State in popular areas leaves the rights of children to learn and socialize on the back burner.
Though the right to an education is guaranteed by Brazil’s Constitution since 1988, by the Child and Adolescent Statute of 1990, and by the National Directives and Bases of Education Law of More >
For original article by Júlia Dias Carneiro in Portuguese on BBC Brasil click here.
After a week of meetings in Brazil, the Secretary General of Amnesty Internacional, Salil Shetty, demanded an end to police impunity and a greater consistency in the protection of human rights, affirming that both the favelas of Rio and the indigenous communities of Mato Grosso do Sul appear to be “weak zones of human rights.”
“It is as if these people were not even in Brazil. Different rules apply there. They live in war zones where their human rights are suspended,” said Shetty.
During an interview with BBC Brasil, More >
In a city full of beautiful distractions—nature, people, music—it is often easy to forget what is going on beneath your feet. However, for officially more than a quarter of the population in Rio de Janeiro, but likely much more, what is happening, or more appropriately, not happening, is difficult to ignore. According to the Ministry of Cities, 30% of the population in Rio de Janeiro is not connected to a formal sanitation system, and even in areas with formal connections, only about half of sewage waste is treated before entering into waterways and eventually the ocean.
These figures are a best case scenario, More >