Last year a record number of environmental activists were murdered

Most conservationists and environmentalists were killed in Colombia: 65. In Mexico, the number of confirmed deaths is 30, followed by the Philippines with 29 and Brazil with 20.

Aggression increases

“2020 was the worst year to date. Aggression against environmental and human rights activists has increased sharply,” said Lourdes Castro of the Colombian organization Somos Defensores.

The real number is likely higher, according to the human rights organization, due to unreported or misrepresented cases, especially in Africa. In 2019, at least 212 environmental activists were killed worldwide.

Especially forestry

Mainly behind the acts of violence are companies, farmers and, in some cases, governments. But criminal gangs, paramilitary groups and rebels are also killing activists.

Globally, most of the killings of environmentalists were related to forestry, followed by water and dam construction projects and agriculture, according to the Global Witness report.

Source: RTL Nieuws by

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