Peru (deceleration) – In an open letter to the Peruvian authorities, Survival International, Rainforest Foundation Norway, and Peruvian indigenous organization ORPIO have denounced the Peruvian government’s failure to protect uncontacted tribes. The organizations are calling for the government to create an…
Some in the United States may be familiar with the murder of Berta Cáceres, who led an indigenous resistance against the Agua Zarca dam in Honduras, earlier this year. But a new report from Oxfam warns there is a much bloodier campaign of violence directed at human-rights activists across Latin America.
Titled, “The risks of defending human rights: The rising tide of attacks against human rights activists in Latin America,” the report states that while 185 human-rights defenders murdered worldwide in 2015, 122 of these murders occurred in Latin America.
Much of this killing appears to be direct relation to protests against trans-national extractive enterprises, often involving firms from Canada and the United States benefiting from state support.