Environmental defenders being killed in record numbers globally, new research reveals

The Extinction Chronicles

Last year was the most perilous ever for people defending their community’s land, natural resources or wildlife, with new research showing that environmental defenders are being killed at the rate of almost four a week across the world.

Two hundred environmental activists, wildlife rangers and indigenous leaders trying to protect their land were killed in 2016, according to the watchdog group Global Witness – more than double the number killed five years ago.

And the frequency of killings is only increasing as 2017 ticks by, according to data provided exclusively to the Guardian, with 98 killings identified in the first five months of this year.

John Knox, UN special rapporteur on human rights and the environment, said: “Human rights are being jettisoned as a culture of impunity is developing.

“There is…

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One thought on “Environmental defenders being killed in record numbers globally, new research reveals

  1. To do what is right for planet and people appears to disturb the agenda of some, whose main interest is profit. But environmental defenders will not relent.

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