Two Filipino environmental advocates violently abducted after opposing controversial airport project
Global Witness strongly condemns the reported abduction of Jhed Tamano (22) and Jonila Castro (21), two youth environmental advocates last seen more than a week ago in the province of Bataan, on the Philippines island of Luzon.
Almost 2,000 land and environmental defenders killed between 2012 and 2022 for protecting the planet
At least 177 land and environmental defenders were killed last year for trying to protect the planet – one person every other day - according to a new report by Global Witness released today, working in collaboration with our partners globally.
Joint statement on suspension of reclamation projects in Manila Bay, Philippines
Global Witness and Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment welcome news that all reclamation projects in Manila Bay are suspended, pending a government review.
Amazon Summit must put environmental defenders at the heart of commitments, as leaders convene in Brazil
On 8th and 9th August, leaders of eight rainforest nations are convening in the city of Belém in Pará, Brazil, to discuss the future of the Amazon Rainforest.
Global Witness strongly condemns the criminalisation of four land and environmental activists as ‘terrorists’ in the Philippines
Global Witness strongly condemns the criminalisation of four leaders of environmental and Indigenous rights group Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA), who have been designated as ‘terrorist’ suspects by the Anti-Terrorism Council in the Philippines.
Global Witness calls for the immediate release and dropping of all charges against Vietnamese climate activist
Global Witness is increasingly concerned by the escalating criminalisation of environmental defenders in Vietnam, and is calling for the immediate release of climate activists Hoang Thi Hong.
French giant Veolia accused of buying “toxic” Colombian landfill, failed to address the risks faced by environmental defenders
The French waste management giant Veolia purchased a “toxic” landfill in a protected area in Colombia and has apparently failed to address the risks faced by environmental defenders who have spoken out against its environmental and health impacts, according to a new report from Global Witness.
Attacks against UDEFEGUA: Defenders in Guatemala are under siege to claim democracy back
Global Witness is deeply concerned by the situation faced by human rights defenders in Guatemala.
Joint statement: UAE human rights record ahead of COP28
Authorities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) continue their sustained assault on human rights and freedoms, including targeting human rights activists, enacting repressive laws, and using the criminal justice system as a tool to eliminate the human rights movement.
Open Letter to the Brazilian Minister of Foreign Affairs on Escazú Agreement
Global Witness has joined 144 other NGOs worldwide calling for Brazil to ratify the Escazú Agreement to protect the rights of land and environmental defenders via an open letter.
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