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Killing of environmentalists globally on the rise
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 8:14 AM
Gettin' old, but still a hippie at heart...
Quote:The eulogies called Chut Wutty one of the few remaining activists in Cambodia brave enough to fight massive illegal deforestation by the powerful. The environmental watchdog was shot by a military policeman in April as he probed logging operations in one of the country’s last great forests.
Nisio Gomes was the chief of a Brazilian tribe struggling to protect its land from ranchers. Masked men gunned him down in November; his body, quickly dragged into a pickup, has not been seen since.
Around the world, sticking up for the environment can be deadly, and it appears to be getting deadlier.
People who track killings of environmental activists say the numbers have risen dramatically in the last three years. Improved reporting may be one reason, they caution, but they also believe the rising death toll is a consequence of intensifying battles over dwindling supplies of natural resources, particularly in Latin America and Asia.
Killings have occurred in at least 34 countries, from Brazil to Egypt, and in both developing and developed nations, according to an Associated Press review of data and interviews.
A report released Tuesday by the London-based Global Witness said more than 700 people — more than one a week — died in the decade ending 2011 “defending their human rights or the rights of others related to the environment, specifically land and forests.” They were killed, the environmental investigation group says, during protests or investigations into mining, logging, intensive agriculture, hydropower dams, urban development and wildlife poaching.
Targeted assassinations, disappearances followed by confirmed deaths, deaths in custody and during clashes with security forces are being reported. The killers are often soldiers, police or private security guards acting on behalf of businesses or governments. Credible investigations are rare; convictions more so.
“It’s so easy to get someone killed in some of these countries. Decapitate the leader of the movement and then buy off everyone else — that’s standard operating procedure,” says Phil Robertson, Asia deputy director of Human Rights Watch.
The countries where environmental killings are most common share similarities: a powerful few, with strong links to officialdom, and many poor and disenfranchised dependent on land or forests for livelihoods, coupled with strong activist movements which are more likely to report the violence.
“In Asia there has been a rise for some years but this has been off the radar of international NGOs until recently,” says Pokpong Lawansiri, Asia head for the Dublin-based Front Line Defenders. “Political rights activists usually have international connections but environmental ones are often teachers, community leaders and villagers, so they have little profile.”
“Without that constant level of concern and anger, things won’t change. Governments and companies play for time and for most of the victims and their families time is not on their side,” he said.more at http://ecocentric.blogs.time.com/2012/06/20/killings-of-environmentalists-on-the-rise/
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Wednesday, June 20, 2012 10:11 AM
Quote:Originally posted by Niki2:
Oh, goodie, just what we need; moneyed anti-environmentalists taking a page out of pro-lifers' books...when does it start happening here, I wonder?
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 10:18 AM
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 10:19 AM
Quote:Originally posted by BYTEMITE:
Niki, this is concerning. Thank you. I might hedge about some issues, but deforestation is the first step to desertification, agricultural collapse, and food shortage.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 10:22 AM
Quote:Originally posted by WULFENSTAR:
I have contempt for people on the left-side of the bell curve. This is true.
Do I want the rainforest cut down? Hell no.
Do I think a bunch of spoiled, stupid hippies will stop it? Hell fucking no.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 10:27 AM
Quote:Originally posted by Niki2:
...people who don't "want to see anyone die", but would love to see others being eaten alive because they're willing to stand up for what they believe in.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 10:50 AM
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 5:05 PM
Beir bua agus beannacht
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