Rio Olympics linked to widespread human rights violations, report reveals.

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The 2016 Olympics have prompted widespread violations of children’s rights and other civil liberties, according to a new dossier of alleged abuses compiled by academics and nongovernmental organisations.

Evictions, police violence and poor labour conditions top a long list of problems linked to next year’s Games in Rio de Janeiro, claim the coalition of activists led by the Comité Popular who are calling on the International Olympic Committee to pay greater heed to human rights. Their report – Exclusion Games – claims that at least 4,120 families have lost their homes and another 2,486 are threatened with removal as a result of infrastructure projects associated with last year’s World Cup and the upcoming Olympics. As a result, they say, thousands of children have been displaced and left – at least temporarily – unable to access education, healthcare and other social services. The dossier claims other youths have been the victims of an uptick in police and army violence as a result of a struggling favela pacification program that is part of the city’s efforts to prepare for mega-events. Some have been shot and killed, many wounded and countless others psychologically scarred by gunfights and tension. 

The report cites earlier studies by Brunel University, which found that risks of child exploitation – particularly with regard to labour and eviction – increased during previous mega sporting events such as the South Africa World Cup in 2010.

It also includes more recent research by Dundee University and the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro into the impact of the World Cup on local children. Among many concerns, it noted the disappearances of several street children who were removed from the streets in “social cleansing” operations ahead of major events.

Period8 Dec 2015

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  • TitleRio Olympics linked to widespread human rights violations, report reveals
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletThe Guardian
    Media typeOther
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    Date8/12/15
    DescriptionThe 2016 Olympics have prompted widespread violations of children’s rights and other civil liberties, according to a new dossier of alleged abuses compiled by academics and nongovernmental organisations.

    Evictions, police violence and poor labour conditions top a long list of problems linked to next year’s Games in Rio de Janeiro, claim the coalition of activists led by the Comité Popular who are calling on the International Olympic Committee to pay greater heed to human rights. The dossier claims other youths have been the victims of an uptick in police and army violence as a result of a struggling favela pacification program that is part of the city’s efforts to prepare for mega-events. Some have been shot and killed, many wounded and countless others psychologically scarred by gunfights and tension. The report cites earlier studies by Brunel University, which found that risks of child exploitation – particularly with regard to labour and eviction – increased during previous mega sporting events such as the South Africa World Cup in 2010.

    It also includes more recent research by Dundee University and the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro into the impact of the World Cup on local children. Among many concerns, it noted the disappearances of several street children who were removed from the streets in “social cleansing” operations ahead of major events.

    The Rio city government disputes the allegations. It says that most of the displacements, with the exception of Vila Autódromo, are unrelated to the World Cup and the Olympics.

    URLhttps://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/dec/08/rio-olympics-2016-human-rights-violations-report?CMP=twt_gu
    PersonsAndrea Rodriguez, Lorraine van Blerk