UN and activists denounce violations of human rights in the preparation of the World Cup in Brazil

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 

UN and activists denounce violations of human rights in the preparation of the World Cup in Brazil

 

UN representatives, victims and activists will report today (Tuesday) at the United Nations serious human rights violations being committed in Brazil due to the works and preparation of the country for the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympic Games in 2016 and ask foreign Governments to press Brasilia to brake works that are creating negative social consequences.

The report is Jamil Chad and published by the website of the newspaper O Estado de s. Paulo, 5/28/2013.

The charges will be presented at an event devoted exclusively to the situation of Brazil and that will be organized in Geneva by people affected by the works and a human rights advocacy group, the Conectas.

According to organizers of the event, the debate will throw open the “forced displacement of communities, destruction of cultural heritage, suppression of rights of seniors and students, police committed abuses for the sake of security and a long list of other similar violations as a result of mega events like the World Cup and the Olympics“.

The meeting takes place during the 23rd session of the UN Human Rights Councilin Geneva, and aims to draw international attention to the fact that the 2014 World Cup will not only be the party that many foreigners expect to find in Brazil.

For the National popular committees Joint Cup (Ancop), forced removals have been “the great drama of Brazilian families since the beginning of construction work for the World Cup and the Olympics“. The entity estimates that “at least 200 thousand people are passing by evictions related to the events, which corresponds to almost one in every thousand births”.

“The Brazil injects billions of dollars in infrastructure resources for two mega sporting events: the World Cup and the Olympics. The works require logistical and human, urban changes. But who wins and who loses with this monumental rearrangement? “asks Juana Kweitel, Program Director of Conectas.

“Once that opens space for making infrastructure on spaces before occupied by these communities, if it turns out these communities without any form of resettlement and with very small values of financial compensation (…) Or even when proposing the resettlement to these people, do it outside the 30 kilometers of the place where they lived, “said Raquel Rolnik, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing.

The Ancop expects that the “international community to advise the Brazilian Government the immediate cessation of forced removals and, in partnership with affected communities, create a national plan for repairs and a protocol guaranteeing human rights in the case of evictions caused by major events and projects”.

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