Brazil Is The Deadliest Country for Land and Environment Defenders

In ten years, an activist was killed every two days on the planet, 20% of them in Brazilian territory, according to NGO

Brazil is the decade's deadliest country for land and environment defenders and has accounted for 20% of the murders of these activists in the last ten years.

The data is from the British organization Global Witness, which for ten years has been monitoring the murders of activists for the right to land and environmental protection worldwide.

The NGO document highlights the urgency of protecting these defenders, especially in the context of the climate crisis and of record devastation of the main forest of the planet, the Amazon.

"Latin America is one of the most unequal regions in the world, which fuels violence in a generalized way", evaluates Chilean environmental activist Francisca Stuardo, a consultant for Global Witness.

Since 2012, when the NGO started its monitoring work, an activist has been murdered somewhere on the planet every two days.
In the period, 1,733 violent deaths of these defenders were compiled globally, and Brazil concentrated 342 of all the lethal attacks.

Translated by Cassy Dias

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