This Neighborhood in Colombia Says “No” to Evictions

Residents of the La Cascada neighborhood are currently resisting evictions and demanding government intervention to address the issue of deteriorating housing in a holistic way.

El barrio de la Cascada dice no a los desalojos

La Cascada es un barrios donde actualmente los habitantes se encuentran resistiendo a los desalojos y exigiendo la intervención del gobierno para solucionar de forma integral el problema de deterioro de las viviendas.

Documenting Rio’s Resistance: Interview with ‘State of Exception’ Director Jason O’Hara

In his new film Canadian documentary filmmaker Jason O’Hara takes on forced evictions and mega-events, working collaboratively with Rio’s communities to tell stories of resistance and document human rights abuses since 2010.

In China, Victims Protest Forced Evictions Through Suicide

Urbanization and economic growth are rapidly increasing in China, but often at the cost of people’s right to land. Some citizens are taking the drastic step of attempting suicide.

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.

Defendiendo el Derecho a la Vivienda y a la Tierra

Una nueva caja de herramientas publican por WITNESS y Amnistía Internacional