Honduras Most Dangerous Country For Environmental Activists
On Monday, a campaign group said that Honduras is the deadliest place to live for environmental activists. According to the group, there has numerous activist in Honduras who have been killed for defending the environment from mining, logging, as well as dam projects and land rights.
Between 2010 and 2014, 101 activists were killed in Honduras, making it earn the title of the deadliest place for environmental activists. The 101 figure is the highest rate per capita of all the countries which were surveyed in a report that was released by Global Witness. That said it is good to note that the overall number of activists killed is greatest in Brazil.
The killings of environmental activists reached an average of two on a weekly basis back in 2014 globally, that’s an increase of 20% from the number recorded in 2013, the report said.
Latin America recorded the highest number of activists who have been killed, nearly three-quarters of activists who were killed globally were murdered in Latin America – with Brazil accounting for 29 deaths, Colombia recorded 25 deaths and Honduras reported 12 deaths.
While speaking to Thompson Reuters Foundation, Billy Kyte, a campaigner at Global Witness, said that, “Historically there has been an unequal land distribution in Latin America which has caused conflict between local and foreign companies and communities.”
"Governments in Latin America are by no means taking this problem seriously. Impunity levels are also very high so perpetrators of crime get away with it," he said.
The report also revealed that 40% of environmental activists who were killed in 2014 were indigenous people.
"Many indigenous groups lack clear land titles to their land and suffer land grabs by powerful business interests," the report said.