Reports

The reports we read.

The global epidemic of murders of HRDs continued apace in 2018, with 321 killings reported to Front Line Defenders in 27 countries - an increase of nine defenders killed from 2017 1). 77% of those killed were defenders working on land, indigenous peoples’ and environmental rights, an increase from 67% in 2017. Colombia and Mexico alone accounted for 54% of the total killings. What makes the muted response to these deaths all the more worrying is the lack of recognition of the role these defenders are playing in the protection of the environment. Although the majority of killings documented are in the Americas, there are indications that the number of killings of defenders of land, indigenous peoples’ and environmental rights in Africa and parts of Asia are seriously under-documented or reported. ~ Front Line Defenders Global Analysis report 1018

Notes


1) At the time of going to print, the number of killings which took place in Colombia (126), the deadliest country in the world for HRDs, were only complete to the end of November.