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Mega-Events and Human Rights Violations in Rio de Janeiro Dossier: The Exclusion Games

One of the most comprehensive reports available on the human rights violations associated with sporting events in Rio, compiled by the ‘Comitê Popular da Copa e das Olimpíadas do Rio de Janeiro’ (World Cup and Olympics Popular Committee of Rio de Janeiro). Read for information on the great work they are carrying out to promote principles of social justice, inclusion and human rights related to mega-events in Brazil.

Brazil: Olympic Games preparations displace thousands in Rio de Janeiro

A useful summary of the internal displacement taking place in Rio as a result of the games.

50 Days To Go: Popular Committee Campaign Highlights 100 Rights Violations in Rio

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The Olympics Serve to Legitimize Evictions

As our perception of the event grows, we’ll update this page with important facts and figures.

  • It is estimated that 6% of Rio’s population lives in over 1,000 favelas. Due to the separation between these (mostly legitimate) residents and the city, it is difficult to obtain solid numbers.
  • The highest MHDI (Human Development Index, a more nuanced measure of quality of life than GDP) in Rio is on par with Norway, close to 0.9. The lowest is closer to some of the poorest nations in the world, where areas like Santa Cruz are at 0.5. Nationally, Brazil has improved its HDI from the 0.5 range to the 0.7 range, which is considered high in the world.
  • Rio’s Porto Maravilha underwent massive renovations in anticipation of the games. An 850,000 sq m Olympic park was built, along with 400km of sewer and electricity lines, 70km of streets, and a 4km of overpasses and tunnels. (source:
  • 30% of Rio’s residents are not connected to a formal sanitation system. In a “best-case scenario,” on about 50% of wastewater is actually treated.
  • Every single modern Olympic Games has overrun it’s budget. The average cost overrun of an Olympics is 176%
  • In 2015 alone, 22,059 families were displaced in Rio de Janeiro- roughly 77,206 people, according to a report compiled by the World Cup and Olympics Popular Committee of Rio de Janeiro.
  • A rough estimate of the current cost of the games: $11.5 billion.
  • For the first time, every single second of sports will be filmed by NBC in 4K HD, totaling 6,000 hours.
  • Rio has hired an estimated 85,000 private security employees, in addition to Rio’s controversial UPP Police Pacification units, BOPE elite police, and military personnel. (source: Refinery 29)