145 environmental defenders have been killed so far in 2017

Most dangerous places for defenders

Since the start of 2015, 132 land and environmental defenders have died in Brazil: the highest number on Earth. Many of the killings were of people trying to combat illegal logging in the Amazon. The Philippines comes second on the list, with 75 deaths in all. Honduras remains the most dangerous country to be a defender, with more killings per capita than anywhere else.

The pattern over recent years

The death toll has risen in recent years, and researchers warn the upward trend is likely to continue if governments and businesses fail to act. The most violent full year recorded so far was 2016, when 201 defenders were killed.

What’s driving this violence?

The short answer is: industry. The most deadly industry to go up against was mining, with 33 deaths last year relating to anti-mining activities. Agribusiness, hydroelectric dams and logging were also key drivers of violence, Global Witness found. Many of the killings recorded occurred in remote villages deep within mountain ranges and rainforests, with indigenous communities hardest hit.

All who have died so far in 2017

Tito José González Bendles (Nicaragua)

Celedonia Zalazar Point (Nicaragua)

Alcides Córdova López (Peru)

Feliciano Córdova Abad (Peru)

Jorge Calderón Campos (Peru)

José Edil Córdova López (Peru)

Orlando Burillo Mendoza (Peru)

Gabriel Ramos Olivera (Mexico)

Manuel Ramírez Mosquera (Colombia)

Pacifique Musubao Fikirini (DRC)

Jonas Paluku Malyani (DRC)

Fernando Asprilla (Colombia)

Ande Latuan (Philippines)

Manoel Índio Arruda(Brazil)

Maria da Lurdes Fernandes Silva (Brazil)

Dudunyabo Machongani Célestin (Democratic Republic of the Congo)

Lokana Tingiti (Democratic Republic of the Congo)

Sudi Koko (Democratic Republic tof the Congo)

Kisembo N’singa (Democratic Republic of the Congo)

Héctor William Mina (Colombia)

Antopo Selemani (Democratic Republic of the Congo)

Hussen Antônio Laitone (Mozambique)

Carolina Arado (Philippines)

Raimundo Mota de Souza Junior (Brazil)

Sharath Madivala (India)

Rosenilton de Almeida (Brazil)

Santiago Maldonado (Argentina)

Ademir de Souza Pereira (Brazil)

Bernardo Cuero Bravo (Colombia)

Carlos Maaz Coc (Guatemala)

Hércules Santos de Oliveira (Brazil)

Antonio Pereira Milhomem (Brazil)

Bruno Henrique Pereira Gomes (Brazil)

Ronaldo Pereira de Souza (Brazil)

Regivaldo Pereira da Silva (Brazil)

Jane Julia de Oliveira (Brazil)

Ozeir Rodrigues da Silva (Brazil)

Weclebson Pereira Milhomem (Brazil)

Nelson Souza Milhomem (Brazil)

Weldson Pereira da Silva (Brazil)

Vimlesh Yadav (India)

Niranjan Yadav (India)

Uday Yadav (India)

Miguel Ángel Vázquez Torres (Mexico)

Agustín Vázquez Torres (Mexico)

Paulo Sérgio Bento Oliveira (Brazil)

Mario Andrés Calle Correa (Colombia)

Freddy Menare (Venezuela)

Ali Ulvi Büyüknohutçu (Turkey)

Aysin Ulvi Büyüknohutçu (Turkey)

Daniel Felipe Castro Basto (Colombia)

Jorge Arbey Chantré Achipiz (Colombia)

Etevaldo Soares Costa (Brazil)

Kátia Martins (Brazil)

Federico “Pande” Plaza (Philippines)

Friday Pyne (Liberia)

Silvino Nunes Gouveia (Brazil)

Gerson Acosta Salazar (Colombia)

|Valmir Rangeu do Nascimento (Brazil)

Sebastião Ferreira de Souza (Brazil)

Edson Alves Antunes (Brazil)

Izaul Brito dos Santos (Brazil)

Francisco Chaves da Silva (Brazil)

Fábio Rodrigues dos Santos (Brazil)

Ezequias Santos de Oliveira (Brazil)

Aldo Aparecido Carlini (Brazil)

Samuel Antônio da Cunha (Brazil)

Ever Goyes (Colombia)

Pedro Nel Pai Pascal (Colombia)

Jhonny Marcelo Cuajiboy Pascal (Colombia)

Raimundo Silva (Umbico) (Brazil)

Gerome Bolimola Afokao (Democratic Republic of the Congo)

Joël Meriko Ari (Democratic Republic of the Congo)

Bernardo Calan Ripdos (Philippines)

Santiago Luna Crisanto (Mexico)

José Carlos Jiménez Crisóstomo (Mexico)

Francisco Jiménez Alejandre (Mexico)

Luis Gustavo Hernández Cohenete (Mexico)

Danilo Ruiz Nadal (Philippines)

Arman Almonicar (Philippines)

Cora Molave Lina (Philippines)

Arlyn Almonicar (Philippines)

Lalita (India)

Pehelwan Singh (India)

Pedro Pandagay (Philippines)

Javier Oteca Pilcué (Colombia)

Waldomiro Costa Pereira (Brazil)

Xukuru-Kariri Damião Lima da Silva (Dão) (Brazil)

Dharmendra Vala (India)

Orestes Rodrigues de Castro (Brazil)

Renato Souza Benevides (Baixinho) (Brazil)

Roba Duba (Kenya)

Sônia Vicente Cacau Gavião (Brazil)

José Caneta Gavião (Brazil)

Duba Issa (Kenya)

Ramon Dagaas Pesadilla (Philippines)

Ruth Alicia Lopez Guisao (Colombia)

Leonila Tapdasan Pesadilla (Philippines)

Eder Cuetia Conda (Colombia)

Lung Jarm Phe (Myanmar)

Daulat Ram Lader(India)

Willerme Agorde (Philippines)

Falver Cerón Gómez (Colombia)

José de los Santos Sevilla (Honduras)

Edweno ‘Edwin’ Catog (Philippines)

Mia Manuelita Mascariñas-Green (Philippines)

Elivelton Castelo Nascimento (Brazil)

Luís Manuel Medina (Dominican Republic)

Leo Martínez (Dominican Republic)

Rodrick Ngulube (Zambia)

Orlando Eslana (Philippines)

Alejandro Laya-Og (Philippines)

Edilberto Cantillo Meza (Colombia)

Renato Anglao (Philippines)

Juan Ontiveros Ramos (Mexico)

Roberto Santos Araújo (Brazil)

Ceará (Brazil)

Porfirio Jaramillo(Colombia)

Yoryanis Isabel Bernal Varela(Colombia)

Wencislao Pacquiao (Philippines)

Camilo Frank López (Nicaragua)

Gustavo Alberto Suárez Osorio (Colombia)

Alexander Ceballos (Philippines)

Veronico “Nico” Delamante (Philippines)

Hernán Enrique Agámez Flórez (Colombia)

Mafizul Khan (India)

Alamgeer Sheikh (India)

Sebastián Alonso (Guatemala)

Joe Javier Rodallega (Colombia)

Emilsen Manyoma (Colombia)

Laura Leonor Vásquez Pineda (Guatemala)

Isidro Baldenegro López (Mexico)

Edmiro León Alzate Londoño (Colombia)

José Yeimer Cartagena (Colombia)

Juan de la Cruz Mosquera (Colombia)

Mario Contaoi (Philippines)

Moisés Mosquera Moreno (Colombia)

Aldemar Parra García (Colombia)

Olmedo Pito García (Colombia)

Datu Venie Diamante (Philippines)

 

..To you and all the innocent victims, which we haven’t any information anymore, we address our Memory and our Commitment.

 

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