According to the latest estimates, 150,000 to 170,000 people are to be evicted from their homes for the World Cup. Whole neighbourhoods must disappear to allow the construction of stadiums and infrastructure, such as roads or airports.
The right to housing is a human right. Even people with no contract for their lodging may not simply be displaced. Inhabitants must be consulted and heard when they are relocated. They must be involved in the planning and have the right to make alternative proposals that will make evictions more bearable.
Article 6 of the Brazilian constitution of 1988 guarantees the right to housing. According to Brazilian law, the favela inhabitants have a right to the land on which their houses stand, and thus to compensation.
None of this has been respected in the run-up to the World Cup: people are being moved out to sites on the outermost borders of the cities – dozens of kilometres from their original places of residence. There are hardly any schools, healthcare facilities or job opportunities there. Those who had jobs can often no longer get to them, because there is no public transportation.
Those who resist are forcibly evicted by the police or the homes are torn down without warning. The profits of constructing the new buildings though pass into private hands. (More)
No “clean-up” of the favelas for image reasons. If relocations are necessary, the people affected must be heard and receive compensation.
FIFA must commit itself to guaranteeing that people affected by relocation due to World Cup construction will be compensated and that no human rights are violated.
Street vendors lose their livelihood
FIFA demands exclusive sales’ rights for itself and its partners: the World Cup basic agreement plans exclusion zones around the stadiums and fan parks. Licences have already been withdrawn from street vendors and they are losing their sales locations. Being moved to the outskirts of the cities threatens their livelihood. Up to 300,000 vendors may be affected. International corporations must not be given exclusive sales’ rights at the World Cup, thus robbing the street vendors of their livelihood.
No exclusion zones around the Stadiums and fan parks whereby street vendors are banned and lose their livelihood, simply so that World Cup multinational sponsors enjoy exclusive sales’ rights.
FIFA must change its licensing policy immediately. Further, FIFA must demand that authorities at the venues enter into discussions with the local street vendor organisations, in order to develop appropriate alternatives for informal trade.