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New report by Global Witness finds at least 116 environmental activists killed in 2014

How Many More?

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22 April 2015

full report: How Many More?

Author: Global Witness

Activists around the world are being killed in record numbers trying to defend their land and protect the environment in the face of increased competition over natural resources. A year ago, Global Witness’ report Deadly Environment revealed that the death toll has risen dramatically in recent years. This report looks at the killings in 2014 and shows the trend continuing unabated. Indigenous groups have been particularly hard-hit. We also examine other types of threats these activists face, and shine a spotlight on Honduras, the country with the highest number of killings per capita for each of the past five years. [refers to Malampay, Vale, Soco Intl., Capital III]

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Article
21 April 2015

New report by Global Witness finds at least 116 environmental activists killed in 2014

Author: Global Witness

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.

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19 April 2015

Prior responses & non-responses by companies to issues raised in Global Witness report

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre previously invited certain companies named in the Global Witness report, How Many More?, to respond to the concerns raised in the report.

Dinant response; (also in Spanish)

Agua Zarca: Sinohydro response

Soco statements on the Virunga case

Vale response