The land and environmental defenders facing the deadliest year on record

"These defenders are part of a global movement to protect the planet. They are on the frontline of fighting climate change, preserving ecosystems and safeguarding human rights. They stand up for causes that benefit us all: sustainability, biodiversity and justice." - Global Witness

2017 was the deadliest year on record for land and environmental defenders, according to a new report released on 24 July 2018 by NGO Global Witness.

The Human Rights Defenders fighting back against torture

"Torture remains unacceptable and unjustified at all times, including during states of emergency, political instability, or even in a war. On this day, let us also pay tribute to all those who stand in solidarity with victims and their families – and reaffirm our commitment to ending this abominable and useless practice."   Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General

Torture violates the inherent dignity of the human being. Its use creates societies based on fear and throttles the transformative potential of civil society.

ALERT Guatemalan land defenders face wave of assassinations

The situation for land rights defenders in Guatemala is seriously and rapidly deteriorating, according to alerts released by PBI Guatemala and other human rights organisations. Since 9 May, seven indigenous leaders and activists have been killed across the country.

Defending the Defenders Event - 25 Sept 2017

An evening of talks, discussion and music aboard the Tattershall Castle  (‘The Pub on the River Thames’ – between Westminster and Embankment tube stations).

25 SEPTEMBER | 18:30 | VICTORIA EMBANKMENT, LONDON

European Parliament approves Guatemala resolution

The European Parliament approved an urgent resolution on the situation of human rights defenders and the justice system in Guatemala on February 16, 2017. The resolution strongly condemns the continuously high levels of violence against HRDs in the country and requests a public policy for their protection.

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