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5 Feb 2020

Front Line Defenders' global analysis finds 40% of defenders killed in 2019 were working on land, environmental & indigenous rights

Front Line Defenders’s (FLD) 2019 Global Analysis highlights the main trends facing human rights defenders at a global level, drawing on FLD's data coming from their protection grants programme. The report found that there were 304 killings of HRDs, working on a variety of issues, in 2019. FLD found that at least 40% of those were working on land, environmental and indigenous people's rights - several of these cases were related to mining, logging, construction and other business operations. 

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Eletronorte, which operates the Tucuruí mega-hydroelectric dam project, to respond to the killing of land rights defender Dilma Ferreira da Silva (a case included in the report). Eletronorte did not respond.

A past response from Feronia - another company mentioned in the report - is also linked below.