Report: Murders of Transgender, Indigenous, Environmental Activists Increase in 2020

A report compiling data between 2018 and the first half of 2020 shows an increase in violence against human rights defenders in Brazil.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In the first eight months of 2020 alone, the murders of transgender people increased by 70% compared to the same period last year. In 2019, the number of rural conflicts affecting quilombola communities, indigenous and peasant peoples was 23% higher than in 2018.

Also last year, 24 environmental and human rights activists were murdered in Brazil, including ten indigenous people, making the country the world's fourth most violent for these activists.

Such data, produced by several national and international organizations, was compiled and systematized in the new report of the Brazilian Committee of Human Rights . . .

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