Call for Videos on Police Violence During World Cup Protests

As protestors in Brazil take to the streets during the World Cup, WITNESS has created a collaborative database to track ongoing police violence.

Ignored by Brazilian Government, Activists Take Police Violence to Inter-American Commission

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights hosts a public hearing on police violence used by Brazilian authorities during popular protests ongoing in the country since June 2013.

Worst Corporation in the World: Vote for FIFA!

Brazilian human rights activists, fighting massive forced evictions and redevelopment for the 2014 World Cup, nominate FIFA for the worst corporation in the world award. Read, share and vote.

Don’t Miss This Video: FIFA Never Thought it’d have to Go on a PR Tour to Sell Football… in Brazil

FIFA must do more than send PR representatives to Brazil for damage control ahead of the 2014 World Cup. They must show they are serious about stopping forced evictions.

WITNESS Ally Among 200 Arrested Protesters in Rio de Janeiro: Please Take Action

From the start of the protests in Rio, video has played a pivotal role in helping expose abuse against protestors. Now the videographers are being targeted.

Part 2: How 114 Videos Tell One Story about Forced Evictions in Rio

We share findings of our curation project, bringing over 100 videos together to tell the story of forced evictions in Rio de Janiero.

Can 114 Videos Tell One Story about Forced Evictions in Rio?

A video curation project brings together over 100 powerful videos to show how forced evictions unfolded across Rio de Janeiro.

How a Small Brazilian Community Fought Big Powers and Won

After 20 years resisting eviction from their homes– even as the threat level reached Olympic heights this year– the Rio community of Vila Autodromo wins a concession from the Mayor. Eviction is off the table. Viva a Vila!

Two Years After Forced Eviction, Community Fights for Compensation in Rio de Janeiro

Yesterday marked two years since government bulldozers arrived at the Restinga community in Rio de Janeiro to demolish the homes and small shops belonging to 153 families.

Mexico: Peoples’ Tribunal Confirms “Gross Violations” in Dam Projects

Communities harmed by dam projects in Mexico won an important victory. A panel of international experts serving as judges for the Mexico chapter of the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal (PPT) recognized a pattern of “gross and systematic human rights violations” in the construction of dams throughout Mexico over the past 40 years. More than 185,000 people have been forcibly evicted.

Dam-Affected Communities in Mexico Take Government to Peoples’ Tribunal

On November 5-6, many of our local partners fighting forced evictions in Mexico will travel to the small town of Temacapulín, in Jalisco state, to tell their stories to an international panel of judges representing the Mexico chapter of the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal (PPT).

Major Victory for Activists Fighting the La Parota Dam in Mexico

After nearly 10 years of campaigning to save their homes and lands, our partners from the CECOP network in Mexico are celebrating a significant victory on the path to the definitive cancellation of the La Parota dam project. If built, the dam would forcibly evict at least 25,000 campesinos and small farmers from their lands and negatively impact an additional 75,000 people due to environmental changes downstream and throughout the region.

VIDEO: Meet Elisângela, the Other Face of Rio de Janeiro’s Olympic Legacy

Elisângela wasn’t home when they arrived. Her 17-year-old daughter called her cellphone, frantic, to break the news: “There are several men from the municipal government here at our door; they’re saying they’re going to demolish our house.” Elisângela raced home to try to negotiate, to no avail. In a few hours, the home she and her family had spent years building was now a pile of rubble.

NYTimes Reports on Forced Evictions in Rio, But Serious Questions Remain

In December, we brought you a Video the Government of Rio de Janeiro Didn’t Want You To See and showed you how our partner activists in Rio were confronting Olympics organizers on the forced evictions of poor communities in Rio ahead of the 2016 Olympics.

New Video the Government of Rio de Janeiro Doesn’t Want You to See

Roughly 170,000 people are either at risk, or have already been subjected to, forced evictions throughout the 12 Brazilian cities gearing up to host the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games.