Brazil: Report on human rights abuses in construction & renovation projects related to 2014 FIFA World Cup & 2016 Olympics; companies respond to allegations

Business and Human Rights Resource Centre invited BNDES, Concessionária Porto Novo and Consórcio Maracanã Rio 2014 to respond to items raising concerns regarding reported human rights abuses in Rio, in preparation for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games. Responses provided below.

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Article
5 November 2013

Report on human rights abuses in construction & renovation projects related to 2014 FIFA World Cup & 2016 Olympics; companies respond to allegations [Brazil]

Author: Compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

[Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited BNDES, Concessionária Porto Novo and Consórcio Maracanã Rio 2014 to respond to human rights allegations in the report and also in articles. Responses provided.] In May 2013, the Popular Committee for the World Cup and the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, in partnership with the Observatório das Metrópoles and other organizations launched a report (summary in English; full report only in Portuguese), which examines the human rights impacts and abuses in the construction and renovation work undertaken to prepare for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Olympics in Rio.

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Company response
30 October 2013

Response by BNDES: Report on human rights abuses in construction & renovation projects related to 2014 FIFA World Cup & 2016 Olympics.

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Company response
30 October 2013

Response by Concessionária Porto Novo: Report on human rights abuses in construction & renovation projects related to 2014 FIFA World Cup & 2016 Olympics.

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Company response
30 October 2013

Response by Consórcio Maracanã Rio 2014 (joint venture Andrade Gutierrez & Odebrecht): Report on human rights abuses in construction & renovation projects related to 2014 FIFA World Cup & 2016 Olympics.

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Item
20 May 2013

Brazil: Dossier on megaevents & human rights violations in Rio is launched by civil society and university

Author: Observatório das Metrópoles, Instituto Nacional de Ciência e Tecnologia

"Dossier: Megaevents and Human Rights Violations in Rio", 20 May 2013

The violations of the Right to Housing in Rio de Janeiro under the justification of the sportive megaevents persist and tend to aggravate with the proximity of the games. Around 3 thousand families established in the city were already removed and other 8 thousand are being threatened...The dossier denounces the violation process of the right to housing and highlights the disrespect, by the authorities, of the right of the citizens of having access to information and of participating of the decision making processes...The dossier aims to mobilize the popular movements, trade unions, civil society organizations, Human Rights organizations, citizens compromised with the social and environmental justice, to sum to the Popular Committee for the World Cup and Olympics of Rio de Janeiro in the fight for another Olympic project, resulting from the public and democratic debate, with the guarantee of permanence of all the communities and popular neighborhoods situated in the areas of ongoing interventions. A project which respects the right to the work, in a way that the workers are not punished for commercializing in the public space. A project in which the environment be effectively preserved. A project in which there is no privilege to the big economic groups and the private costs be paid with private capital, and not with public resources.

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