Violent 2015 sees three environmental activists killed each week

June 19, 2016
By Anastasia Moloney

BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Three environmental activists were killed per week last year, murdered defending land rights and the environment from mining, dam projects and logging, a campaign group said on Monday.

In 16 countries surveyed in a report by Global Witness, 185 activists were killed, making 2015 the deadliest year for environment and land campaigners since 2002.

“The environment is emerging as a new battleground for human rights,” the report said.