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.

Editorial: Behind the Rio Games

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?

By Barbara Unmüssig

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

Private Games?

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

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Public Security

Security as a Commodity: Mega Events and Public Security in Brazil

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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

Dossier: World cup for whom? World cup for what?

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.