Philippines: 3 anti-mining & logging activists killed, bringing number of environmental activist deaths to 15 this year

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10 December 2012

Violence against women human rights defenders on the rise

Author: Laura Carlsen, Center for International Policy Americas Program

Juventina Villa...a leader of an environmental organization in...Mexico...was shot to death...[on Nov 28]...[She] worked to defend the forests and communities in region...[In June 2011,] Margarita Chub Che...[was murdered after fighting] back when her [indigenous] community [in Guatemala] was displaced by private make way for large agribusiness interests...In Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico, at least 24 women human rights defenders have been murdered in the past few years. Many more have received threats to their lives, have been forced to flee, or have suffered physical attacks, often including sexual violence...Marusia Cruz, director of JASS Mesoamerica, notes that the risks keep increasing...In most cases, the crimes against them have not been punished...

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9 December 2012

Farmer, 2 anti-mining activists killed ahead of Human Rights Day [Philippines]

Author: Jose Carlos L. Maningat, Philippine Online Chronicles

A militant farmer and two anti-mining activists were killed in separate incidents…[The farmer’s]…relatives believe the attack is linked to his...opposition to large-scale mining and illegal logging…[A]nti-mining advocates…were also killed...[One] was a member of…a people’s organization opposed to the…Didipio gold-copper project [owned by OceanaGold]...The murder…came as the Department of Justice (DOJ) ordered a manhunt for a militia leader who is suspected of killing anti-mining activist Datu Jimmy Liguyon…[A]n alarm [was raised] over the rising death toll of environmental activists this year... Kalikasan People’s Network…urged the government to stop the killings of environmental activists. Previously, human rights alliance Karapatan scored the Aquino administration for the…extrajudicial killings and illegal arrests of activists...[under] the state’s counter-insurgency program.

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