Actvists killed in record num­bers

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

NEW DELHI: At least 200 land and en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tivists were slain last year while pro­tect­ing forests, rivers and land from min­ing, log­ging and agri­cul­tural com­pa­nies. This is the high­est an­nual num­ber on record and has risen from 185 in 2015, ac­cord­ing to a watch­dog group. In­dia has a three­fold in­crease with such killings. Latin Amer­ica how­ever, re­mains the dead­li­est con­ti­nent in the world and sees 60% of the world deaths of ac­tivists pro­tect­ing lo­cal re­sources an­nu­ally.

“The fact that the up­ward curve of killings has con­tin­ued sug­gests that gov­ern­ments and busi­ness con­tinue to pri­ori­tise short-term profit over hu­man lives,” Global Wit­ness cam­paigner Billy Kyte said.

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