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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - At least 23 Brazilian human rights activists were murdered in 2019, placing Brazil in 4th position among the most violent countries for those working with civil society.

The data is part of the annual report released by the organization Frontline Defenders published on Tuesday, January 14th, which compiles global reports of attacks against activists,.

Latin American countries take up four of the five most dangerous places. Colombia leads the ranking, with 106 murders reported. In second place comes the Philippines, with 43 dead, followed by Honduras, with 31, and Brazil and Mexico, tied with 23 cases . . .

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