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Rio 2016 Olympics: The Exclusion Games

15th August 2019

Author - World Cup and Olympics Popular Committee of Rio de Janeiro

The World Cup and Olympics Popular Committee of Rio de Janeiro launches the fourth version of the Mega-Events and Human Rights in Rio de Janeiro Dossier. The first version, launched in March 2012, outlined a broad picture of human rights violations related to the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, concerning questions of housing, mobility, work, sports, public safety, information, participation and the economy. Unfortunately, three years after that publication, some of those situations have exacerbated.

The City of Rio de Janeiro is the stage for several projects, initially aiming at the preparation of the city for the 2014 Wold Cup, and, now, for the 2016 Olympic Games. Developments include new sporting facilities, renovation of existing sporting equipment, infrastructure for urban mobility (modernisation and expansion of the Underground, construction of bus corridors and urban transportation systems, road works and renovations at the International Airport Tom Jobim), and urban restructuring projects.

This version of the Dossier brings new and upgraded information covering the following topics: housing, mobility, work, sports, the environment, public safety, gender, children and adolescents, and information and budgeting. Furthermore, it reports the resistance actions of the Popular Committee and alternative proposals for the project of a fully inclusive city, with democracy and social justice, and adds boxes containing several violation cases which illustrate the seriousness of the incidents in the city of Rio de Janeiro.

Read the full report: Rio 2016 Olympics: The Exclusion Games