written by Marianne Mann, volunteer at EduMais
Four months in Rio de Janeiro are coming to an end. I came here in September with the aspiration to support Rio’s underprivileged children and to enjoy the cidade maravilhosa again. After being here in 2014 for four months also, I felt the need to come back, to spent some more time here and to explore the city more in depth. Even though I actually planned to start a “serious work life” in Vienna, everything pointed towards Rio. So, I gave in and followed my intuition, in spite of critical, rational voices; a decision I have not regretted one single moment.
Article originally published on United Nations Human Rights
GENEVA (9 December 2016) – Government plans to freeze social spending in Brazil for 20 years are entirely incompatible with the country’s human rights obligations, according to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston.
The principal and unavoidable effect of a proposed amendment to the Constitution designed to ‘lock in’ a budget freeze in order to show fiscal prudence will be to harm the poor for decades to come, the expert warned. The amendment, due to be voted on by Brazil’s Senate on 13 December, is known as PEC 55 or the New Fiscal Regime.