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Defending Rights in Rio: HRDs & the Olympics

#AtRiskInRio

In February 2016, Brazilian authorities demolished the home and spiritual centre of an Afro-Brazilian candomblé priestess and human rights defender, to make way for the Olympic Park. As the Games open next week, Heloisa Helena Costa Berto is demanding justice.

Front Line Defenders and five human rights defenders in Rio de Janeiro are launching a campaign calling for an end to threats and attacks against HRDs, which have escalated ahead of the Games.

"The several forms of violence that we experience always intensify when mega-events are being held in the country. The Olympics promote the idea of harmony: but we are being segregated; the idea of union: but we have riffles pointed at our heads. They promised to improve the city, but the reality is that we are dying" (Raull Santiago)

#AtRiskInRio: HRDs & the Olympics

Press Conference in Rio - 28 July 2016

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PRESS CONFERENCE

Thursday, 28 July 2016

10:00am – 12:00pm

Vila do Largo, Rua Gago Coutinho, n 6 Rio de Janeiro, RJ

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