Tourism Policies in Rio de Janeiro for the 2014 and 2016 Games

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This topic brings to light the importance of tourism for the entire Brazilian GDP, along with its employment potential and the massive foreign income for the South American country given the World Cup and the Olympic Games.

Thanks to its 6,000 miles of beaches and new governmental support programs, Brazil’s tourism sector did very well during the 2009 global economic crises, managing not to lose a point during the international recession. But the future is bound to become even brighter. The 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games with their strong investments in infrastructure are already causing a great deal of international interest in the country. R$11.5 billion will be the overall fund injection for
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Although the World Cup and Olympic games are a great economic opportunity for Brazil and all brazilians, the displacement of the homes of those in the cross hairs of the infrastructure development is drastically detrimental to a large portion of the population. With that Brazil has begun to teeter on the brink of human rights violation. The situation is, as follows, explained by Raquel Rolnik (Special Rapporteur of the United Nations (UN) on adequate housing), who divides the violations in two large groups. The first has to do with transparency, the right to information and participation:

“Most communities are not informed of the development projects before they are removed. They have no chance to debate and present alternatives. There is no place where you can see exactly who will be removed and how much they will be compensated for, and what the alternatives are to removal. That is, the right to information, transparency and participation of affected communities. These are the basic rights that make up the right to housing, and they are being systematically violated. For example the city enters the community, paints the houses with X and people do not know why.” (

The second group of violations has to do with the alternatives to removal. According to what the right to housing says the people being

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