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Environmental activists face death threats and intimidation

In February, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment, John Knox, called upon the Kenyan government to take all necessary measures to protect four human rights defenders. Read more

Environmental activists face death threats and intimidation

Rights activists' lives in constant danger

Activists in Honduras have been victims of harassment, judicial and otherwise for their civil society and human rights work. Read more

Rights activists' lives in constant danger

New bill to regulate citizen participation under review in Ecuador

On 31st March 2017, the executive branch of the Ecuadorian government submitted a bill to the National Assembly on regulating "citizen participation and social control system". Read more

New bill to regulate citizen participation under review in Ecuador

19 activists have been murdered in Colombia since January 2017

With Olarte's death, the number of social and community leaders assassinated in Colombia in the first months of 2017 has now reached 19. Read more

19 activists have been murdered in Colombia since January 2017

Civil society elects 13th senator for the first time in Belize's history

In January, Belize's NGO sector elected a 13th Senator to represent civil society in the legislature. Read more

Civil society elects 13th senator for the first time in Belize's history

Greed for natural resources fuels attacks against indigenous people in Peru

On 3rd February, 60 armed men linked to illegal loggers entered in the territories of the Meantari community and threatened to kill the 25 Asháninkas families living there. Read more

Greed for natural resources fuels attacks against indigenous people in Peru

Conflict over mining on indigenous lands leads to widespread civic space abuses

In early January the environmental organisation Acción Ecológica denounced government attempts to close it down. Read more

Conflict over mining on indigenous lands leads to widespread civic space abuses

Mapuche protest in Santiago ends in repression

On 17th January, around 200 Mapuche activists took the streets of Santiago de Chile, demanding the release of political prisoners and an end to repression. Read more

Mapuche protest in Santiago ends in repression

Civil society fights back against threatened closure of environmental CSO

On 20th December, the Ecuadorian government threatened to dissolve Acción Ecológica, an environmental CSO raising awareness on the impact of a planned mega-copper mine on the lands of the Shuar indigenous people.
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Civil society fights back against threatened closure of environmental CSO