UN, NGO Launch Environmentalist Protection Initiative in Brazil

Brazil has the highest number of killings of environmental and land defenders anywhere else in the world, with 2017 having one of the worst records in recent times, 57 environmentalists murdered.

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The United Nations Environment along with its partner, Global Witness, launched on Monday the UN Environmental Rights Initiative at Rio de Janeiro’s Museu do Amanhã (Museum of Tomorrow) in an effort to protect environmentalists in Brazil of intimidation, threats and murders. The initiative was launched in response to the escalating violence facing those working on the frontline of environmental protection.

“Year after year, in a bitter struggle over land, more environmental and land defenders are killed in Brazil than anywhere else in the world,” said Billy Kyte, the Global . . .

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