DEFENDERS OF THE EARTH: 2016 saw a record 200 killings of people defending their land, forests and rivers against destructive industries

globalwitness_It has never been deadlier to take a stand against companies that steal land and destroy the environment. Our new report Defenders of the Earth found that nearly four people were murdered every week in 2016 protecting their land and the natural world from industries like mining, logging and agribusiness.

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Murder is just one of a range of tactics used to silence land and environmental defenders, including death threats, arrests, sexual assault and aggressive legal attacks.

Jakeline Romero from Colombia (above, right) has faced years of threats and intimidation for speaking out against the devastating impacts of El Cerrejón, Latin America’s largest open-pit mine. Owned by London-listed companies Glencore, BHP Billiton and Anglo-American and run by a domestic operator, the project has been blamed for water shortages and mass displacement. (1) 
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Environmental activist murders set record as 2015 became deadliest year

theguardian – Global Witness says at least 185 activists were killed and anti-mining activities were the most deadly – with 42 deaths related to protests

Michelle Campos says her father and grandfather were publicly executed in September 2015 for opposing mining in Mindanao, Philippines.

Michelle Campos says her father and grandfather were publicly executed in September 2015 for opposing mining in Mindanao, Philippines. Photograph: Tulda productions

At least 185 environmental activists were killed last year, the highest annual death toll on record and close to a 60% increase on the previous year, according to a UK-based watchdog. Tiếp tục đọc