Brazil Evicting Without Proper Compensation While Getting Ready for Olympics

Rio Olympics, The Dream Has StartedBrazil is expected to displace and evict scores of people all around the country while it readies itself to host to host the 2014 soccer World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games, says an independent United Nations human rights expert.


“I am particularly worried about what seems to be a pattern of lack of transparency, consultation, dialogue, fair negotiation, and participation of the affected communities in processes concerning evictions undertaken or planned in connection with the World Cup and Olympics,” said Raquel Rolnik, the Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing.

Allegations concerning displacement and evictions potentially leading to rights violations were received from different Brazilian cities, including São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, Curitiba, Porto Alegre, Recife, Natal and Fortaleza.

Numerous evictions have already been executed without the families concerned being given sufficient time to propose and discuss alternatives, and without adequate plans for relocation.

“Insufficient attention is being given to access to infrastructure, services and means of subsistence in relocation sites,” she said.

The Special Rapporteur also voiced concern about the very limited compensation offered to the affected communities, which is even more striking given the increased value of real estate in locations where building is taking place for the sporting events.

“Insufficient compensation can result in homelessness and the formation of new informal settlements,” she warned.

Ms. Rolnik called on federal, state and municipal authorities involved in World Cup and Olympics projects to engage in a transparent dialogue with Brazilian society, particularly with the sectors of the population directly affected.

“With the current lack of dialogue, negotiation and genuine participation in the design and implementation of World Cup and Olympics projects, the authorities at all levels should put a stop to planned evictions until dialogue and negotiation can be ensured,” she stated.

“The Government should adopt a ‘Legacy Plan’ to ensure the holding of the World Cup and Olympic Games has a positive social and environmental impact and avoids violations of human rights, including the right to adequate housing.”

Ms. Rolnik reports to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council in an independent and unpaid capacity.



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  • dnbaiacu

    Who actually believes there WILL be a World Cup,let alone an Olympics This is just at best bait for the financial herd. And at worst the setting of the stage for probably the worst false flag terrorist attack. :cry:s

    Always follow the money folks. And take note..It is NOT flowing towards the World Cup and Olympic construction and organization as it should…. Very telling.. Weird and ominous. Has anyone noticed?
    China was probably the last show because she will front and center stage in upcoming global ideaology.


    Good one. Have anybody here worked with Cary Kochman Wilmette ? I am doing an analysis for a private equity firm. Let me know and I will compensate for your time.

  • Tommy

    [quote]This is just at best bait for the financial herd.[/quote]

    I completely agree, although what’s new in that? After all thats why countries bid to host them to begin with. It’s all about the money right and it makes easy marketing for companies who are bringing money into the country. Just one example [url][/url]. It’s the same old game. Hurt the few for the benefit of the many.

  • Rick

    Nothing New
    Same thing they did in Beijing while preparing for the 2008 Olympics. Arbitrarily condemning and tearing down homes that just happened to be in areas needed for construction projects,related to the Olympics. Don’t really think it’s a Brazilian thing. It’s more symptomatic of the greed and calousness associated with massive sporting events like the World Cup and Olympics, as any country awarded either of these sporting events (let alone 2), try to use it as a golden opportunity to milk it for all it’s worth. Even at the expense of it’s own citizenry. Funny, the day that the IOC announced the winner of the 2016 Olympics, I was in Rio. It was a Friday and the day had been declared a holiday, with even the schools being closed and with a massive celebration on the beach, in Copacabana. Which I attended more out of curiosoty, then anything else. As I looked at all the jubilent faces and people cheering, when Rio was announced the winner, I couldn’t help but think that a lot of those same people who were so estatic about Rio being awarded the Olympics, were going to eventually find out the hard way, why a lot of people in Chicago didn’t want it, and even went as far as to hold massive protests against it. Well, let the games begin.

  • lawyer

    I already been executed without the families concerned being given sufficient time to propose …..

  • JacksonRio

    What did you expect
    What did you expect from a Forth world Country

  • attorney

    Well hope its a good article… thanks for posting it…

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