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Major new report on environmental defenders finds 52% of defenders were harassed by companies

New report by the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC) demonstrates that people who protect the environment and human rights are increasingly being monitored, threatened, harassed and murdered. The study, based on testimonies given by 25 environmental organisations around the world with whom SSNC collaborate, finds that mining, agricultural and forestry sectors account for the majority of confrontations arising between companies and local communities living in exploited areas and concludes that consumption in Sweden and other wealthy countries contributes to this situation by means of a rising demand for products and raw materials from these countries. We asked Ikwezi Mining to respond - it didn't.

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20 November 2019

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12 November 2019

Environmental Report defenders under attack – The threats facing people who protect nature

Author: Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC)

A new report released today by the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC) clearly demonstrates that people who protect the environment and human rights are increasingly being monitored, threatened, harassed – and even murdered. 

The civil society democratic space is shrinking. Since 2012 more than 70 countries have introduced legal restrictions aimed at citizens involved in civil society organisations. The situation has become increasingly dangerous for people fighting for democracy, environmental protection and human rights. People who defend nature are particularly vulnerable.

…The report presents the results of a comprehensive study carried out by the SSNC … based on testimonies given by 25 environmental organisations around the world with whom SSNC collaborate:

• 88 percent … state that the situation for civil society … has deteriorated in recent years.

• 80 percent state that they find it difficult to carry out their activities as planned...

• 24 percent state that employees or individuals from the organisation’s target groups have been killed as a result of their environmental work.

• 52 percent state that they can give examples of when they or their target groups have been harassed or threatened by private companies. 

• 68 percent perceive that decision-makers … regard the environmental movement as a threat.

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