Brazil has been the world's leader in environmentalist killings in the last decade. Of the 1,733 deaths of environmental defenders recorded around the globe from 2012 to 2021, 342 occurred in the country - almost 20% of the total.
The data are from Global Witness, a UK-based NGO that monitors the situation of people who are killed for protecting their territories and natural resources. The balance, released on Thursday, September 29, is part of the annual report published in 2012.
According to the survey, more than 85% of the murders in the period happened in the Amazon. Most . . .