At least 116 environmental defenders were killed in 2014


A protester holds a banner reading 'Justice for Berta' during a protest after the killing of indigenous leader and environmental activist Berta Caceres, in Guatemala City, Guatemala, 03 March 2016. Caceres, one of the founders of the The Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) in 1993, opposed to the hydroelectric projects construction in the country to protect the environment. Cacers was killed on 03 March 2016, in the city of La Esperanza, Intibuca Department, Honduras.

Prize-winning campaigner Berta Caceres was killed by gunmen in Honduras earlier this month, weeks after opposing a hydroelectric dam in Honduras

The killing of environmental defenders is becoming an epidemic, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples said on March 18. According to the NGO Global Witness, at least 116 environmental defenders were killed in 2014.

“The pattern of killings in many countries is becoming an epidemic definitely,” Tauli-Corpuz told Climate Home website by phone from Brazil where she is investigating violence faced by Amazonian tribes.

The UN envoy referred to the recent ...

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