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2016 Was Deadliest Year Ever for Environmental Defenders


At least 200 people were murdered last year for taking peaceful action to protect their lands from mining, logging and agricultural companies, and this trend is on the rise globally, a new report from non-profit organisation Global Witness found on Thursday. Titled ‘Defenders of the Earth‘, the report showed that the number of murders in 2016 has increased from 185 deaths in 2015, making last year the deadliest year on record. The number of countries where killings took place has also jumped from 16 in 2015 to 24 last year.