Worst year for killing land activists

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On Dangerous Ground: Global Witness Report, 20 June 2016: 2015 Worst year ever for killings of land and environment defenders.
Global Witness documented 185 killings across 16 countries, a 59% increase since 2014 and the highest annual toll on record. On average, more than three people were killed every week in 2015 – more than double the number of journalists killed in the same period. every week more than three people are killed for defending their land, forests and rivers against destructive industries, The main motives for the killings were due to advocating against mining, agribusiness), logging, and hydropower.

Today, the environment has become a new battleground for human rights, says Global Witness, an organisation that campaigns for ending resource-related conflict and corruption and associated abuses.

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