Dossier: Olympic Games 2016 in Rio de Janeiro

Dossier: Olympic Games 2016 in Rio de Janeiro

Revitalization of the port in the Olympic city: The new Museu do Amanhã lures attracts visitors, the tram is still under construction.. . Photo: Ines Thomssen.. Creative Commons License LogoThis image is licensed under Creative Commons License.
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Barbara Unmüßig correlates the Olympics with Brazil’s institutional, political and economic crisis. Did the organizers learn a lesson from the World Cup in 2014?

Introduction: Half a million people are expected to visit Rio de Janeiro during the Olympics and Paralympics in August and September. At first glance this will be a huge benefit for the city. But just as for the World Cup in 2014, the city has become a contested space of political and economic interests.

In our dossier we analyze the Games´ financing and sustainability. We report on public security concepts, changes in the city and the evictions of socially disadvantaged groups. We take a look at the organizers´ responsibility to guarantee human rights.

 

Obscured Costs

The Rio Olympics have already cost more public money than official numbers show. An analysis by Julia Bustamante and Caio Lima, Instituto Políticas Alternativas para o Cone Sul (PACS).

Costs and Transparency

Edition: Marilene de Paula / Source: Bustamante, Julia & Lima, Caio. O que esconde os gastos dos Jogos? PACS: jul/206.. Creative Commons License LogoThis image is licensed under Creative Commons License.

In spite of the maxim transparency and laws requiring free access to information the municipality of Rio de Janeiro owns a lot of information on the Olympic Games.

With the Olympics Rios city limits are shifted: Instead of fostering the wealth of the population, the municipality opens the way for speculation in real estate.

Public Security

The private security industrie is definitely among the sectors that most benefit from mega events. Within a dubious relationship the security industry does not only supply the Brazilian State with surveillance systems and weapons, it also influences the organization of federal police and military forces.

The legacy of the mega-events

Brazil will host the most expensive World Cup of all time. Around 85 percent of the expenses will be funded with public money. For the first time in history, a multitude of questions are being raised about the real meaning of an international mega-event for the host population. This web dossier was designed to add relevant data regarding the guarantee of people's rights and as offer for critical perspectives about the realities on the ground.

Marilene de Paula, coordinator for the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation Brazil, analyzes the legacy of the 2014 World Cup.