We bring you a comprehensive summary of reports and publications dealing with harrasment of people protection their environment.

Last line of defence

Last line of defence. The industries causing the climate crisis and attacks against land and environmental defenders.
Global Witness/ September 2021

In 2020, Global Witness recorded 227 lethal attacks – an average of more than four people a week – making it once again the most dangerous year on record for people defending their homes, land and livelihoods, and ecosystems vital for biodiversity and the climate.

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Environmental destruction in times of coronavirus
Arnika/ October 2020

Cases of damage to the environment and human rights during the global pandemic in Europe, Caucasus, and Central Asia. With the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, which poses a threat to human health and lives, some states have reacted to this unexpected situation by unprecedented steps taken against their own citizens, their basic rights, and the environment. More information can be found here.

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Freedom in the World 2021: Democracy unde Siege
Freedom House/ 2021

As a lethal pandemic, economic and physical insecurity, and violent conflict ravaged the world in 2020, democracy’s defenders sustained heavy new losses in their struggle against authoritarian foes, shifting the international balance in favor of tyranny. Incumbent leaders increasingly used force to crush opponents and settle scores, sometimes in the name of public health, while beleaguered activists—lacking effective international support—faced heavy jail sentences, torture, or murder in many settings.

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Defending the environment in the time of COVID-19: increasing threats, clampdowns on freedoms and tragic losses
Global Witness/ September 2020 

Protecting the environment has become even more dangerous during the COVID-19 pandemic. Land and environmental defenders across the globe already face killings, threats, harassment and criminalisation for peacefully protecting their homes and our planet. In 2019, 212 environmental activists were murdered around the world – the highest number of killings that Global Witness has ever recorded in a single year. But this year, COVID-19 has made their situation even more precarious – and urgent action is needed.

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Defending tommorrow. The climate crisis and threats against land and environmental defenders
Global Witness/ July 2020

Global Witness revealed the highest number of land and environmental defenders murdered on record in a single year, with 212 people killed in 2019 for peacefully defending their homes and standing up to the destruction of nature.

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Dangerous work: reprisals against environmental defenders
Crude Accountability - Ecoforum of NGOs Kazakhstan/ October 2019

Crude Accountability presents the second edition of a report on harassment of environmental defenders in countries of the former Soviet Union and the United States. Sadly, only two years later, the report needs to be updated because of the steady increase of reprisals against environmental defenders in both regions and around the world.

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Enemies of the State? How governments and bussines silence land and environmental defenders
Global Witness/ July 2019

In 2018, Global Witness documented 164 killings of land and environmental defenders – ordinary people murdered for defending their homes, forests and rivers against destructive industries. Countless more were silenced through violent attacks, arrests, death threats or lawsuits.

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At what costs? Irresponsible business and the murder of land and environmental defenders in 2017
Global Witness/ July 2018

The 2017 annual data into violence against land and environmental defenders showed a rise in the number of women and men killed to 207 - the highest total we have ever recorded. What’s more, the research has highlighted agribusiness including coffee, palm oil and banana plantations as the industry most associated with these attacks

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Capture crude accountability

Dangerous work: Increasing pressure on environmental NGOs and activists in the countries of the former Soviet Union and the U.S.
Crude Accountability - Ecoforum of NGOs Kazakhstan/ 2017

The report is devoted to environmentalists who have been or continue to be persecuted in the countries of the former Soviet Union and in the U.S. for their work to protect everyone’s right to a healthy environment.

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