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Deadly Environment: The dramatic rise in killings of environmental and land defenders

Author: Global Witness, Published on: 23 April 2014

[Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Glencore-Xstrata & Crew Gold (now part of Severstal) to respond. Glencore-Xstrata response provided. Crew Gold said it no longer has mining operations in Philippines] This report looks at known killings of people defending environmental and land rights. It identifies a clear rise in such deaths from 2002 and 2013 as competition for natural resources intensifies. In the most comprehensive global analysis of the problem on record, we have found that at least 908 people have died in this time. Disputes over industrial logging, mining and land rights are the key drivers, and Latin America and Asia-Pacific particularly hard hit…Deadly Environment also highlights a severe shortage of information or monitoring of this problem, meaning the total is likely to be higher than the report documents. This lack of attention is feeding endemic levels of impunity, with just over one per cent of the perpetrators known to have been convicted…[The report] calls on national governments and the international community to act urgently to protect the environment and the citizens who defend it…[refers to Crew Minerals (part of Crew Gold, now part of Severstal), Dinant, Glencore-Xstrata, SMI]

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