Aug 14 2014

“We don’t want to see any more bloodshed,” he said

4 Environmental Activists Are Killed Every Week So We Can Have Snacks

The price of our groceries isn’t just what we pay at the checkout counter it’s also the violent killings of environmental activists that reached record levels last year.

Paramilitaries, government Canada Goose Outlet troops, hired gangsters and smugglers killed 207 people trying to protect the environment from the spread of businesses like cattle ranches and sugarcane plantationsin 2017,according to a new reportby international NGO Global Witness. That’sapproximately four environmental defenders killed every week of the year.

For the first time, agribusinesses that produce commodities such as beef, palm oil and coffee overtook mining and natural resource extraction as the most deadly sector for the (mainly) indigenous people who work either voluntarily or professionally to protect Canada Goose Parka environmental or land rights.

Ramn Bedoya’s father, Hernn, was one of those 207 victims. Colombian paramilitaries shot him 14 times after he protested canada goose oil palm Canada Goose Jackets and banana plantations expanding onto his community’s lands, Global Witness reported.

Now, says Bedoya, his community and others like it need support to prevent more murders. “We don’t want to see any more bloodshed,” he said.

Latin America is by far the world’s most dangerous place to be an environmental defender. Almost 60 percent of the environmental killings recorded in 2017 took place in the region.

Mexico’s tropical forests, for example, have been ravaged buy canada goose jacket by everything from illegal cattle ranching to avocado farming. In January 2017, Isidro Baldenegro Lpez, a prominent indigenous activist who won the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize for his work protecting the forests of the Sierra Tarahumara mountain range in northern Mexico from logging, was shot dead.

Isela Gonzlez, head of weezer-online the Sierra Madre Alliance, an organization that canadian goose jacket has defended indigenous rights in the Sierra Tarahumara for the last 20 years, says she has received several death threats. She now travels with a police escort but says she does not feel entirely safe, not least because the panic button canada goose coats on sale and Canada Goose sale satellite phones provided by the state do not work in remote areas.

Gonzlez told HuffPost that the murders “generated a lot of stress, long, long canada goose outlet days of work, because you have to be constantly alert to what could happen next. It’s also had an impact cheap Canada Goose on my health.”

Referring to the recent victory of Mexican President elect Andrs Manuel Lpez Obrador, she added: “Precisely canada goose clearance because we are about to have a change of government, it’s fundamental that the [diplomatic] embassies show they care about the human rights crisis the disappearances, the torture and that they speak out about the risks that are facing land and environmental defenders.”

In Europe,efforts to staunch deforestation and human rights violations are being held canada goose clearance sale back by poorly implemented laws restrictingillegal timber importsand by the accommodations that European officials have provided Southeast Asian palm oil producers to protect Europe’s wider trade interests.

In May,a draftEuropean Commission study warned that the European Parliament’s vote for a palm oil ban by 2020 had “triggered Canada Goose online strong reactions”from palm producing nations like Indonesia and was “raising questions on potential fallouts on the Free Trade Agreement negotiations.”

A month later, the EU agreed to delay the phaseout of palm oilfor fuel by a decade. Last week, the bloc’s ambassador to Malaysia declared that Europe was still “open to palm oil.”

The statement was “shocking to hear when so many forests are disappearing precisely because of the palm oil industry,” saidSebastian Ordoez Muoz, from the anti poverty charity War on Want.”Another decade of deforestation will have unprecedented effects on global warming and violent impacts on indigenous communities.”

Regulation can and should play a role canada goose coats in halting environmental crime, the new Global Witness report says. Consumers can also contribute by calling out companies and governments on social media, in letters to political representatives and in solidarity campaigns. “They can ask businesses how they can guarantee there are no human rights abusers along their supply chains. They can demand that their consumption does not fuel the killing of land and environmental rights activists.”

Amid a welter of worrying developments in the new report, Leather said that female environmental defenders were now facing “specific and heightened threats” of sexual violence, abuse and harassment sometimes from within their canada goose deals community.

He also noted that there were more killings that claimed multiple lives at once in 2017,potentially because perpetrators felt emboldened to kill openly with impunity.

“They don’t feel there will be consequences, so they don’t fear carrying out mass atrocities to send fear through whole communities,”Leather said.

The Global Witness report records several massacres in countries such as Brazil and the Philippines in the latter country,the military reportedly killed at least eight indigenous people in December as buy canada goose jacket cheap they tried to protect their land from a coffee plantation.

Brazil remains the most deadly country for environmental activists, with 57 murders last year the highest ever recorded by any country. Twenty two members of one tribe the Gamela were assaulted in one land grabbing incident. Some had their hands cut off. export credit agency this year announced$3.9 billion in guarantees for trade with Brazil, covering the food and drink, mining, oil and gas sectors. Department for International Trade’sguidance notesmention that “organized crime is a significant problem in some parts of Brazil,” they do not reference deforestation or environmental crime.

The business community has demonstrated what it is willing to do to guarantee its investments in Latin America, but the people have said that to defend our land is to defend our subsistence.

Bertha Ziga Cceres, daughter of slain environmental activist Berta Cceres

One of the few positive signs in the report was a decrease in the number of killings of environmental defenders in Honduras from 14 in 2016 to five last year. Yet political repression has intensified, and the Central American nation retains the worst human rights record per capita, with 128 environmental activists murdered this decade.

“We have reached a critical point in which the business community has demonstrated what it is willing to do to guarantee its investments in Latin America, but the people have said that to defend our land is to defend our subsistence,” said Bertha Ziga Cceres, daughter of slain environmental defender Berta Cceres, who wasmurdered in Honduras 2016and dramatically raised the global profile of environmental defenders and the dangers they face.

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