Urgent action needed to protect environmental defenders

More than 1,700 environmental defenders have been killed for protecting their land and communities in the past ten years, according to a new Global Witness report. More than half of attacks since 2012 have taken place in Brazil, Colombia and the Philippines. Indigenous communities face a disproportionate level of attacks – amounting to nearly 40% – with those campaigning for justice facing human rights abuses including criminalisation, surveillance, prevention of their rights to assemble, threats and violence. The good ...


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