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He also has vowed to kill off public financing for political parties, which would badly hurt the opposition and help solidify Conservative strength.


Group: Olympics work threatens human rights

RIO DE JANEIRO | Forced evictions of slum dwellers to make way for the 2016 Olympic Games show that human rights could suffer during Brazil’s preparations for the event, the head of Amnesty International said Monday.

Among other projects, Rio de Janeiro plans to build three expressways for buses that will pass through several slums, or favelas, that are home to thousands of people.

Despite Brazil’s economic rise, millions of slum-dwellers still live a precarious existence in major cities and long have borne the brunt of human rights abuses.

“Our worry is that, because of the Olympics now, this thing could get scaled up very significantly,” said Salil Shetty, Amnesty’s secretary general, as he started a weeklong visit to the South American giant.

Authorities in recent months have begun demolitions in some slums, offering compensation for houses or new housing that residents complain is often on the distant outskirts of the city, far from their workplaces and communities.

While the number of evictions so far has been small, Mr. Shetty said the initial signs of how Rio is treating residents in the path of infrastructure projects have not been good.

“Everybody fully understands that some degree of movement might be inevitable when you’re undergoing such a major project, but the issue is whether the fair process is being followed,” he said.

From wire dispatches and staff reports