Human rights and land defenders face unprecedented levels of violence, torture, abductions, and murder across Latin America, according to a report published Tuesday by the Center for International and Environmental Law (CIEL)—and the situation is even worse for Indigenous people.

The findings echoed an earlier report from human rights group Global Witness that showed an increasing number of land defenders being murdered worldwide.

“Numerous organizations confirm a steady deterioration of the situation, highlighting the fact that Latin America has become the most dangerous region in the world for environmental activists.”
Click Here: camisetas de futbol baratas—Michael Forst, the United NationsThe new report, A Deadly Shade of Green: Threats to Environmental Human Rights Defenders in Latin America (pdf), observes that “Indigenous peoples are the most vulnerable because many development projects are located on their land. When States disregard appropriate consultation procedures, the result is often conflict, forceful displacement, environmental degradation, and human rights violations. Killings of environmental activists and journalists are increasing and members of indigenous communities comprise over 40% of the deaths.”

“The lack of effective guarantees of human rights protection in Latin American States has created this dire situation,” the report authors write. “The absence of effective safeguards is worsened by the weak rule of law in most Latin American countries, by worrying trends of impunity that corrode the fabric of society, and by the fact that environmental movements usually concern major development projects involving powerful governmental and corporate interests.”

Since the murder of Indigenous land defender Berta Cáceres in March this year, international observers have called for greater protections for activists in Latin America—particularly Indigenous people fighting extractive industries.

Indeed, the report finds that mining corporations are responsible for much of the violence and killings threatening environmental human rights defenders (EHRDs).

The report goes into detail: