ANCOP (National Coordination of Popular Committees Cup), Terre des Hommes’ partner organisation based in Rio has published a dossier on the legacy of the 2014 World Cup™ in Brazil. According to this dossier, the hosting of the 2014 World Cup™ in Brazil led to several human rights violations of the population, especially affecting the poorest. The document lists several cases of violations, among them : police violence, disregard for labor laws and forced evictions of families from their homes. According to the dossier, the 2014 World Cup™, along with the 2016 Olympics, has already withdrawn at least 250,000 people from their homes.
Particular attention was given to the Brazilian host cities and the conclusion is unequivocal : these cities became more unequal. The dossier looked at the working conditions of the most vulnerable people and their extreme exploitation during the construction of mega infrastructures. It talks about public investments and diversion of funds that only came to accentuate social distances, taking the poor further from the possibilities of profits and from access to education, culture, public leisure spaces, from the environment, and even from the so celebrated sport itself.
The World Cup and the Olympics did not justify the violations of human rights, especially the one of children. No right can be violated under the pretext of interests or emergencies that are imposed to the people.