2020: Last line of defence
2020 was once again the most dangerous year on record for people defending their land and our planet
2019: Defending tomorrow
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
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.
2017: At what cost?
Irresponsible business and the murder of land and environmental defenders in 2017
2016: Defenders of the earth
2016 saw a record 200 killings of people defending their land, forests and rivers against destructive industries
2015: On dangerous ground
2015 was the worst year on record for killings of land and environmental defenders – people struggling to protect their land, forests and rivers
2014: How many more?
New report shows killings of environmental activists are increasing, with indigenous communities hardest hit.
2002-2013: Deadly environment
A rising death toll on our environmental frontiers is escaping international attention.
2012: A Hidden Crisis
Increase in killings as tensions rise over land and forests.
Land and environmental defenders: annual report archive
Since 2012, we have been raising awareness of killings of land and environmental defenders through what is now an annual report
Download the latest annual report