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Report Reveals Spike in Killings of Environmentalists

Al Jazeera
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April 27, 2015



Activists in Brazil, Colombia and the Philippines were among the most targeted, with Honduras the most dangerous country to work in. (Reuters)

A report released by Global Witness shows a 20 percent increase in the number of killings of land and environmental activists last year, highlighting Honduras as the most dangerous country to campaign in.

The document released by the UK-based non-governmental organization states that 116 activists were killed in 2014, an average of two per week. Forty-seven of the victims were members of indigenous groups.

"Nearly three-quarters of killings occurred in Central and South America, with South East Asia second worst-hit," Global Witness said in a report titled "How Many More?"

Activists in Brazil, Colombia and the Philippines were among the most targeted.

Honduras, the organization said, was the most dangerous country per capita to be an environmental and land activist, with 111 killings between 2002 and 2014.

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