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New Videos: Four Communities on Forced Evictions in Rio

Report on Rio evictions by Priscila Néri on Witness.org featured on RioOnWatch Latest News. Priscila was in Rio de Janeiro to plan a video advocacy workshop. The report and four videos follow.


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Rio favela advocate removed from office

To help you stay in touch with news from Brazil Catalytic Communities, which runs Rio Olympics Neighbourhood Watch, has just launched a News Digest. One of their latest stories features the removal of Roberta Fraenkel, the Co-ordinator of the Center for Land and Housing, a group which works for Rio's favela communities.


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It's that mega sports event - eviction

The evictions just go on. Just as Raquel Rolnik, the Special Rapporteur of the UN Human Rights Council on the right to adequate housing, criticised the evictions taking place in Brazil campaigners there claim up to one and a half million people will be displaced across Brazil between now and the 2014 World Cup. That doesn't include the 2016 Olympics.


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UN Special Rapporteur criticises Brazil evictions

Raquel Rolnik, the Special Rapporteur of the UN Human Rights Council on the right to adequate housing, has criticised the evictions taking place in Brazil around the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games. “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.”


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Jaconellis fight on after eviction

The Jaconellis, the last people living on the site of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, were finally evicted on 24th March. Mrs Jaconelli insisted 'I will wait in the house till they come and put me out because I think Glasgow City Council should be shamed.'


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The lying never stops

Blair's at it again. He recently told the World Economic Forum meeting in Brazil: 'You can use the Olympics as an economic platform to attract in a whole lot of different business and investment that surprisingly can go way beyond the sporting events.'


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The true cost of tickets for the Olympics: community and workplace organising?

from Corporate Watch

Official prestige tickets for the 2012 Olympics, which include food and drink, are going to be some of the most expensive in the history of sport, at £4,500 per person.

These tickets cannot be sold as single tickets, but only in blocks of ten. In addition, conditions of purchase will mean that an individual or company buying hospitality tickets for the opening or closing ceremonies of the Games will have to pay a minimum of £270,000, because seats for other events much also be bought at the same time. The only sports tickets to ever be more expensive were those for the 2011 Super Bowl in Texas at £5,545 each. However, once tax is added, the Olympics tickets become £5,400, so together with the ‘minimum buy’ requirements the tickets are not far off the most expensive sports tickets in history.


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WikiLeaks Cables Anticipate Human Rights Violations in Lead-Up to Rio Olympics

by Bob Quellos

The ever-increasing trove of US diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks is shedding light on the realities the people of Rio de Janeiro will be facing as that city prepares to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. The released cables focus mainly on Rio de Janeiro's Orwellian-named "Favela Pacification Program," run by Rio's Peacemaker Police Units known as UPP, and discuss the possibility of human rights violations in the run-up to the 2016 Olympics.


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