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Environmental & Land Defenders Evening Briefing

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We invite you to attend the next event in our briefing series, this time focusing on our Environmental and Land Defenders campaign.

At this event, we will launch our latest report detailing the killings in 2016 of those defending their land, rivers and forests against destructive industries. These ‘land and environmental defenders’ are being murdered in record numbers, often by a collusion of private and state interests seeking to silence dissent over large-scale projects like mining, hydro, agribusiness and logging.

The report analyses seven of the worst-hit countries as well as the role of international investors, like development banks, whose engagement is essential in solving the underlying causes of the issue. We also suggest ways to tackle the main cause behind the violence: the imposition of extractive projects on communities without their free, prior and informed consent.

As well as the deadliest countries to be a land and environmental defender, the report looks at the increase in criminalization of activists in the US. Standing Rock and other conflicts have shone a spotlight on repressive tactics used by the state to clamp down on public protest.

Since 2014, Global Witness has published an annual report focused on these environmental activists in order to shine a light and draw attention to the dangers being faced. Since we began this process we have identified a steady increase in the amount of these activists facing criminalisation, harassment, threats, and even losing their lives in their attempts to protect their communities.

Through analysing the data, our team have been able to identify themes and trends related to these killings in regard to the industries, the communities and the motivations that continue to drive this worrying trend.


Please join us on Thursday 27th July 2017, to hear from our Environmental and Land Defenders campaigners more about this work.

Date: Thursday 27th July 2017

Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Venue: Global Witness London Office, Lloyds Chambers, 1 Portsoken Street, London, E1 8BT

(nearest station: Tower Hill, Aldgate or Aldgate East)

Light refreshments will be provided following the event

If you have any further questions about this event or any of Global Witness’ other work, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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