Our annual report into the killings of land and environmental defenders in 2019 shows the highest number yet have been murdered in a single year
Defending the Philippines
Duterte’s broken promises are leaving activists at the mercy of business at all costs in the Philippines, the country with the most killings of land and environmental defenders in 2018.
Enemies of the State?
More than three people were murdered each week in 2018, with countless more criminalised, for defending their land and our environment.
Governments and business must stand up for land and environmental defenders now, so that they can help build a more resilient and fair future for us and our planet
At Global Witness, we’re committed to being part of the movement for a more resilient planet going forward. This includes standing up for land and environmental activists. States and business must do the same
New investor due diligence briefing outlines material risks and actions for investor to take under increasing scrutiny around human rights
Blood and tears
To mark World Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2019, we tell the story of one Guatemalan community’s struggle to protect their home.
Land and environmental defenders: annual report archive
Since 2012, we have reported annually on killings of land and environmental defenders around the world.
Environmental ActivistsBlog post
Protecting environmental protest in Iran and across the world
Iranian environmentalist and former Government Deputy Minister Kaveh Madani speaks out about the criminalisation of environmental defenders in his native country.