Social Action for Music Reaches 1,000 Youths in Rio Favelas

Social Action for Music Reaches 1,000 Youths in Rio Favelas

By Georgie Hay, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Social Action for Music of Brazil (ASMB), an NGO supported by RioSolidario and the Department of Culture, aims to achieve social inclusion through classical music education for children, adolescents and young residents in socially vulnerable communities. According to government sources, the organization currently reaches approximately […]

Rio’s Santa Marta Favela Celebrates Seven Years of the UPP

Rio’s Santa Marta Favela Celebrates Seven Years of the UPP

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Santa Marta favela community celebrated the seventh anniversary of Rio’s first Police Pacification Unit (Unidade de Polícia Pacificadora, or UPP), which was installed December 19, 2008. While Brazil and Rio struggle with a reversal of economic conditions since then, the event was an opportunity […]

Special Events for Children’s Day Held by UPP in Rio de Janeiro

Special Events for Children’s Day Held by UPP in Rio de Janeiro

By Shalina Chatlani, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – For Dia das Criancias – or Children’s Day – held today on October 12th, the Pacifying Police Units (UPP) of Rio de Janeiro will be holding a special program to celebrate the holiday during the entire month of October. The UPP has organized a series […]

Police Arrested for Altering a Crime Scene in Rio Favela

Police Arrested for Altering a Crime Scene in Rio Favela

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Following the shooting and death of a seventeen-year-old in the Rio de Janeiro favela community of Morro da Providência early on Tuesday, September 29th, a secretly recorded video of the incident went viral. Showing what appeared to be misconduct by the Military Police, the […]

Rio State Offers New Professional Courses in UPP Areas

Rio State Offers New Professional Courses in UPP Areas

By Lisa Flueckiger, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The state of Rio de Janeiro will enter into cooperation with Faetec and the Ministry of Labor to offer new professional courses for residents in 22 areas with a Pacifying Police Unit (UPP). Governor Luiz Fernando Pezão signed the agreement for the new classes […]

Investigations in Amarildo de Souza Case Reopened in Rio

Investigations in Amarildo de Souza Case Reopened in Rio

By Lisa Flueckiger, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The investigation into the disappearance and death of bricklayer Amarildo de Souza in Rocinha in 2013 will be reopened. The investigation, led by the Ministerio Publico (Public Prosecutor’s Office), will examine why the BOPE police unit entered Rocinha the night of his disappearance and […]

Rio Reports Decrease in Violent Crimes, but Shootings Common

Rio Reports Decrease in Violent Crimes, but Shootings Common

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Despite reports of shootings and police confrontations at some of Rio de Janeiro’s largest favela complexes, the city’s Public Security Institute (ISP) announced this week that May 2015 registered the lowest rate of homicides for the month in the past 24 years. The announcement comes […]

Street Child United Opens Football Pitch in Rio’s Complexo da Penha

Street Child United Opens Football Pitch in Rio’s Complexo da Penha

By Lisa Flueckiger, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – NGO non-profit organization, Street Child United, and Chevrolet inaugurated a community football (soccer) pitch and a playground in the Complexo da Penha favela in Rio’s Zona Norte (North Zone) on Saturday, May 30th. The installations will give children in the community a safe place […]

Crime Numbers Drop in Rio Communities With UPPs

Crime Numbers Drop in Rio Communities With UPPs

By Lisa Flueckiger, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Crime numbers have significantly dropped in communities with a Pacifying Police Unit (UPP) between 2008 and 2014 according to the latest numbers from the Public Safety Institute (ISP). In 36 UPP areas in Rio, homicides have decreased by 65.5 percent, street robberies by 57.3 […]

Rio’s Final UPP Bases to Be Constructed with Urgency

Rio’s Final UPP Bases to Be Constructed with Urgency

By Lisa Flueckiger, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Rio de Janeiro Governor Luiz Fernando Pezão has announced that the final bases for the city’s new Pacifying Police Units (UPPs) will be constructed under an urgency regime, not needing environmental licenses and land titles. The decision comes after conflicts between the police and drug […]

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