Skip to comments.Record 207 environmental activists killed last year
Posted on 07/24/2018 10:15:34 AM PDT by simpson96
More than 200 environmental activists were murdered last year as government-sponsored killings linked to lucrative projects by vast agriculture multinationals soared, a global rights watchdog warned on Tuesday.
Global Witness said it had documented 207 cases where activists were killed while trying to protect land from development, often for the production of consumer staples such as coffee and palm oil, making 2017 the deadliest year on record for environmentalists.(snip)
The watchdog said it had found evidence that government actors --soldiers or police-- were responsible for 53 of the deaths.
"That's only the triggermen so we can guess that in the cases where criminal gangs or other non-state actors carried out the attacks, the state may well have been involved," Leather said.
"While in a shocking number of cases state actors pulled the trigger, in other cases where the government allowed businesses to enter without protecting local rights, they're also complicit in the murders of these activists."
Global Witness' report on environmentalist killings documents harrowing crimes around the world against communities daring to speak out against big businesses and government-led development.
These include murder, but also death threats, intimidation, arrests, cyber attacks, sexual assault and lawsuits.
It links the violence to what we put on our shelves: mass-scale agriculture, mining, logging and poaching all produce ingredients for everyday products such as palm oil for cosmetics, soy for beef and timber for furniture.
Brazil was the most dangerous country for land activists in 2017 with 57 killed, while the Philippines accounted for 48.
"Of course, my life is at risk," said activist Mario do Socorro Costa da Silva, who campaigns with indigenous communities in Brazil against hydro aluminium factories.
"I receive death threats 24 hours a day because I'm not going to shut my mouth in the face of this atrocity."
(Excerpt) Read more at afp.com ...
Were they visiting chiraq?
Somehow, I’m not feeling bad for them.
AGW heatstroke no doubt....
Don’t trespass on others’ land and refuse to leave.
It sounds like upping the bag limit was helpful.
The UN should increase it again, next year.
What was the punch line of that joke about 500 lawyers dead at the bottom of the ocean?
Gee that many are killed on a three day weekend in Chicago.
207 out of how many?
It’s a start.
And half of those numbers are Brazil and the Phillipines.
Brazil isn’t safe for agitators who leave the tourist paths. But somehow gang violence is directed by the government.
Well, it’s a start. I’m sure they can do better next year!
Like the joke about 1,000 lawyers chained under water, “it’s a good start”.
A good start.
They musta pissed off Hillary somehow
Naw, she made sure they died because they're just more useful to her and the MSM dead, cold blood, no anger at all.
“Record 207 environmental activists killed last year”
Unfortunately, I don’t think that is in the US.
“It sounds like upping the bag limit was helpful.”
Where can we get tags and is there a bounty?
That’s a lot.
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