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New report by Global Witness finds at least 116 environmental activists killed in 2014
Author: Global Witness, Published on: 21 April 2015
New report shows killings of environmental activists are increasing, with indigenous communities hardest hit...Each week at least two people are being killed for taking a stand against environmental destruction...As companies go in search of new land to exploit, increasingly people are paying the ultimate price for standing in their way. We found that at least 116 environmental activists were murdered in 2014... A shocking 40 % of victims were indigenous...Nearly three-quarters of the deaths we found information on were in Central and South America. Globally, it’s likely that the true death toll is higher...We also shone a spotlight on Honduras, the most dangerous country per capita to be an environmental activist for the last five years, with 101 deaths between 2010 and 2014...The true authors of these crimes – a powerful nexus of corporate and state interests – are escaping unpunished.