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4 Nov 2015

International Service for Human Rights

Abuses against human rights & environmental defenders in Latin America - 39 NGOs report on responsibility of states & companies

“The role of businesses and states in violations against human rights defenders of the rights to land, territory and the environment”, Oct 2015

…The report covers the conditions faced by defenders of the rights to land, territory and the environment who work throughout the continent on issues regarding the impact of large-scale economic projects by public and private, national and international companies…[The] report analyses the vulnerable context in which these defenders operate…[T]his report gives evidence of how both actors - States and business - do not comply with their duties. Businesses not only fail to protect human rights within the context of the projects they develop, but often they act directly against human rights defenders in order to silence them; either through defamation in the media (such as in the case of La Sierrita in Mexico), by filing unfounded legal cases against them (the case of Maxima Acuña in Peru), or through the use of private security agents which carry out physical aggressions and intimidations against them (Portuario de Suape Industrial Complex, Brazil)…