In little more than a decade, at least 908 environmental activists have been murdered around the world for taking a stand against industrial logging, mining, and land theft – according to a report by Global Witness. The rate at which environmentalists are being killed has accelerated over the years to an average of two activists a week. With only 10 convictions since 2002 for these crimes, it seems as though many countries have granted impunity to the killers. Indigenous communities are particularly hard hit. In many cases, their land rights are not recognized by law or in practice, leaving them open to exploitation by powerful economic interests who brand them as ‘anti-development’.
From 2002 – 2014, 448 environmentalists were murdered in Brazil, followed by Honduras (109), the Philippines (67), Peru (58), and Colombia (52).