Brazil’s Urban Occupations Demand Their Government Recognize Housing as a Human Right

Activists in Brazil have been occupying land and abandoned buildings for more than 20 years. They use multiple tactics including legal action to try to win legal deeds to land and property and pressing the government to recognize the right to housing for all.

Stopping Bulldozers: Fighting Forced Evictions with Video

From citizen journalists in India to audiovisual artists in Colombia, people are using WITNESS resources to strengthen their grassroots work in the fight against forced evictions and to empower more to get involved.

Access to Transportation Denied in Many of Brazil’s World Cup Cities

While the country invested large amounts of money into the mega sporting event, critics say it did not do the same for the nation’s transportation infrastructure.

3 Years After a Forced Eviction, Only Empty Promises and Rubble Where Homes Once Stood

In addition to the Santos family, 93 others are evicted from a community in Rio de Janeiro for an infrastructure project ahead of the 2014 World Cup, however three years after the eviction the project remains unrealized.

Groups in Colombia Use Video to Fight Evictions

Interviews from Medellín’s housing and land rights activists and community leaders about the forced evictions taking place in and around the city and how they are using video to preserve the memory of places that are disappearing and to document human rights violations.

Grupos en Colombia usan video frente a desplazamientos

Entrevistas con activistas de derechos a la vivienda y líderes comunitarios de Medellín sobre los desalojos forzosos que están ocurriendo y cómo usan el video para preservar la memoria de lugares que desaparecerán y documentan violaciones a los derechos humanos.

Mapping Our Materials: The Forced Evictions Advocacy Toolkit Goes Global

Highlights from Brazil, Burma, Colombia, Egypt, Philippines and Scotland on how the Forced Evictions Advocacy Toolkit is being used by activists, artists and communities. Part one of a two-part series.

Peace for Whom? Life Inside Rio’s Occupied Maré Favela

The Maré favela complex is home to 130,000 people and an army pacification force who are there to protect the residents according to the Brazilian government. But unease and reports of abuse abound.

DVD de Ferramentas: Fortalecendo a Resistência contra Remoções Forçadas

Um DVD de Ferramentas especialmente para líderes comunitários, militantes de movimentos sociais e ativistas lutando pelo direito à moradia e resistindo aos despejos forçadas.

As World Cup Stadiums Go Up, Brazilians’ Homes Are Torn Down

Video from human rights groups and activists is shifting the attention to forced evictions carried out in the lead up to the World Cup.

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.

Defendiendo el Derecho a la Vivienda y a la Tierra

Una nueva caja de herramientas publican por WITNESS y Amnistía Internacional

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.

CineMaralita Uses Film to Illuminate Issues Facing Urban Poor in the Philippines

CineMaralita, a film festival in the Philippines supported by the Urban Poor Resource Center (UPRCP), has recently used the videos included in our forced eviction toolkit as vehicles to spark conversation around land and housing rights issues.

WITNESS and Amnesty International Release a New Toolkit for Housing & Land Rights Activists

With 15 million people at risk of forced evictions annually around the world, we have released a multimedia resource kit for activists, social movements and communities fighting evictions.