Land Regularization Program Expands into Rio de Janeiro State

Land Regularization Program Expands into Rio de Janeiro State

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The land regularization program of the Government of Rio de Janeiro will be expanded within Rio de Janeiro state. The city of Petrópolis, in the Região Serrana (Mountain Region), will serve as an example of Nossa Terra (Our Land) project, conducted by the Institute of […]

Complexo do Alemão Favela Protests After Ten-Year Old Killed

Complexo do Alemão Favela Protests After Ten-Year Old Killed

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Residents of Complexo do Alemão made a protest calling for peace and justice in the community after ten year-old Eduardo de Jesus was hit by a stray bullet last Thursday (April 2nd) on his doorstep and passed away. While the police have been accused of […]

Military Police to Take Over in Rio’s Complexo da Maré

Military Police to Take Over in Rio’s Complexo da Maré

By Lisa Flueckiger, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Rio de Janeiro’s Military Police (PM) force has started to take over command in the Complexo da Maré favela communities from the currently stationed national army forces. The handover will happen in stages and should be completed by June 30th, together with the installation of […]

Rio’s UPP in Cerro-Corá Fosters Community with Kickboxing

Rio’s UPP in Cerro-Corá Fosters Community with Kickboxing

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The small favela community of Cerro-Corá, located on the edge of Zona Sul (South Zone) held a kickboxing graduation ceremony of their community integration program last week on Thursday, March 19th. The entire program is meant to foster positive relationships between the UPP (Police Pacification […]

Five Alternative Things to Do in Rio During Carnival: Sponsored

Five Alternative Things to Do in Rio During Carnival: Sponsored

By Nicole Eberhard, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – While your Carnival week in Rio will (and should) inevitably revolve around samba beats and endless parties, in a whirl of parades, blocos, balls and costumes, don’t miss the opportunity to see more of the Marvelous City at the same time. One thing to keep […]

Rio’s Military Police Enter Favela After Weekend Shootings

Rio’s Military Police Enter Favela After Weekend Shootings

By Lisa Flueckiger, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – After intense shootings during the past weekend between two reported rival drug gangs in the Morro do Juramento favela in Rio’s Zona Norte (North Zone), the military police are occupying the community and searching for suspects. The shooting began on Friday night and terrorized residents […]

Pacification Force to Stay in Complexo da Maré 6 More Months

Pacification Force to Stay in Complexo da Maré 6 More Months

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Governor Luiz Fernando Pezão announced the Pacification Force in the Complexo da Maré favela community in the Zona Norte (North Zone) of Rio will remain for another for another six months. The decision was made after a meeting with the Ministers of Justice, José Eduardo […]

Military Police Announce New Heads for 16 of 38 UPPs in Rio

Military Police Announce New Heads for 16 of 38 UPPs in Rio

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Major news outlet O Globo reported that the press office of the Coordinator of Pacifying Police (CPP) confirmed the change of command in 16 of 38 UPPs in the state over the next week. Rio de Janeiro’s inaugural Police Pacification Unit (Unidade de Polícia Pacificadora, […]

Santa Marta Community in Rio Marks Six Years with UPP

Santa Marta Community in Rio Marks Six Years with UPP

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Today marks the sixth anniversary of Rio de Janeiro’s inaugural Police Pacification Unit (Unidade de Polícia Pacificadora, or UPP), installed in the Santa Marta favela community on December 19, 2008. While the UPP still faces challenges in other areas of Rio, in Santa Marta, also […]

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