Today, Philip French, IOC public affairs and social development director, met with Maria da Penha Macena, resident of Vila Autódromo community, Ana Paula Oliveira, whose son was killed by the police in Manguinhos, and representatives of Nosso Jogo Network, Terre des Hommes and Amnesty International to discuss human rights violations in the context of Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Maria da Penha described how almost all 600 families from Vila Autódromo have been evicted, the pressures they suffered, how she was physically assaulted by law enforcement officials and her house demolished.

She asked the IOC to monitor the fulfilment of the final agreement made between the community and the municipal authorities for the urbanization of the area for the remaining 20 families. She also asked that the IOC takes appropriate measures to avoid forced evictions in future Olympic Games.

Maria da Penha and Ana Paula outside the IOC headquarters in Lausanne.

Ana Paula described how her 19 year old son was killed by the police in Manguinhos ahead of the 2014 World Cup and how the community is now suffering with frequent violent police operations that result in people being killed and injured.

She asked the IOC to communicate with the Rio 2016 organising committee and Brazilian authorities to ensure they take all appropriate measures to prevent violations and executions in police operations ahead of and during the Games.

It was a very open discussion; Mr. French listened carefully to the concerns raised by the communities and he committed to convey these messages to the Rio 2016 Local Organizing Committee.

Read Ana Paula and Maria da Penha’s full stories here and catch up on their campaigning activities in Geneva on Tuesday here.

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