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Deadly Shade of Green: New report reveals scale of threat to environmental defenders and indigenous communities in Latin America

by Christin VanZant last modified Nov 14, 2016 12:19 AM
Contributors: Center for International Environmental Law
Latin America is, by far, the most dangerous region in the world for environmental human rights defenders (EHRDs). The murder of campaigner Berta Cáceres in March reverberated worldwide, but a new report by ARTICLE 19, CIEL, and Vermont Law School, A Deadly Shade of Green, reveals this to be only the tip of the iceberg, documenting an atmosphere of violence and physical threats, as well as surveillance, spurious charges, and arbitrary detention, across the region.

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The report calls for immediate action to end the harassment and murder of human rights defenders, and for accountability for those perpetrating attacks across the region. Resource extraction and development projects must begin only with meaningful, inclusive and participatory consent processes. EHRDs must be empowered with the means to defend their rights. The Regional Agreement on environmental democracy under negotiation in Latin America and the Caribbean must provide effective mechanisms to safeguard the rights of EHRDs.

 

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