“There’s never been violence here.”
“I’d never even thought of the word before they started using it to describe me,” said Regina Sônia Gomes Baptista, known by Sônia, ex-president of Vila União da Curicica, unfolding a newspaper as she stepped out to rejoin us in her sunlit front porch. There, on brown-tinted paper that had been nibbled at the corners by age, stood a younger Sônia in front a younger Vila União, her son quasi-naked in her arms. More >
Since October 2009 when Rio was selected to host the 2016 Olympics, more than 8,000 people have been evicted from their homes. Tens of thousands more are expected. Forced eviction should not be confused with consensual relocation; the prior is nonconsensual by nature and violates basic local, state and federal legislation, as well as widely held human rights.
Upon studying the extensive documentation of the removal of eight communities, partial evictions of several others, and reports from yet another 11 currently under threat, the following patterns of abuses have been found to be commonplace:
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One protester said “there are a series of human rights abuses.” Asked by G1, the City’s press office has yet to respond.
Activists from the People’s Committee of the World Cup and Olympics protested on Monday afternoon (August 13) against the eviction of families by the City government for infrastructure and transport works, many in preparation for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics.
The protesters, near the Infraero administrative building at Tom Jobim International Airport on the Ilha do Governador, awaited the arrival of Mayor Eduardo Paes and Governor Sérgio Cabral, who More >
With last night’s closing ceremonies in London, another Olympic Games has come and gone. The multi-pronged torch has been extinguished. The official Olympic Flag has been passed to the hands of Rio’s mayor Eduardo Paes. And in a glimpse of what is to come four years hence, Seu Jorge performed a song backed up by a throng of iridescent, elaborately dressed dancers and joined by football great Pelé and supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio.
Every two years, the host country of the Olympic Games makes a declaration about the trajectory in history on which it finds itself. In 2008, China showcased its vast, More >
While the community of Vila Autódromo continues to resist eviction, most recently creating an upgrading plan to present as a viable, cost-effective alternative to removal, the city authorities maintain that the community needs to be removed for Olympic developments. The expropriation of land for the resettlement of the community is in the final stages of the judicial process. However, according to the city authorities’ own geological studies, the plot is in an area categorised as medium-high risk, while the community’s current location is identified as low risk.
After the heavy rainfalls in 2010 that caused tragic landslides across Rio, the authorities commissioned a study More >