Governmental, corporate murders of environmentalists

This 11 March 2016 video from the USA says about itself:

Before Her Assassination, Berta Cáceres Singled Out Hillary Clinton for Backing Honduran Coup

Former [United States] Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is facing a new round of questions about her handling of the 2009 coup in Honduras that ousted democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya. Since the coup, Honduras has become one of the most violent places in the world.

Last week, indigenous environmental activist Berta Cáceres was assassinated in her home. In an interview two years ago, Cáceres singled out Clinton for her role supporting the coup. “We’re coming out of a coup that we can’t put behind us. We can’t reverse it,” Cáceres said. “It just kept going. And after, there was the issue of the elections. The same Hillary Clinton, in her book, ‘Hard Choices’, practically said what was going to happen in Honduras. This demonstrates the meddling of North Americans in our country. The return of the president, Mel Zelaya, became a secondary issue. There were going to be elections in Honduras. And here she [Clinton] recognized that they didn’t permit Mel Zelaya’s return to the presidency.” We play this rarely seen clip of Cáceres and speak to historian Greg Grandin.

From the University of Queensland in Australia:

The front line of environmental violence

August 6, 2019

Environmental defenders on the front line of natural resource conflict are being killed at an alarming rate, according to a University of Queensland study.

According to UQ School of Biological Sciences researcher Dr Nathalie Butt, the 1558 deaths recorded between 2002 and 2017 were largely due to external demand for the very resources they were trying to protect.

“The number of reported deaths of environmental defenders has increased, as well as the number of countries where they occur,” Dr Butt said.

Environmental defenders help protect land, forests, water and other natural resources.

“They can be anyone — community activists, lawyers, journalists, members of social movements, NGO staff and Indigenous people — anyone who resists violence.

“And importantly, Indigenous peoples are dying in higher numbers than any other group.”

The reasons for the fatal violence are mainly related to conflict over natural resources, such as water, timber, land for agriculture or development, or minerals.

A third of all deaths between 2014 and 2017 — more than 230 — were linked to the mining and agribusiness sectors.

“Although conflict over natural resources is the underlying cause of the violence, spatial analyses showed corruption was the key correlate for the killings,” Dr Butt said.

“Globally, 43 per cent of all murders result in a conviction, while for environmental defenders this figure is only 10 per cent.

“In many instances, weak rule of law means that cases in many countries are not properly investigated, and sometimes it’s the police or the authorities themselves that are responsible for the violence.

“For example, in Pau D’Arco, Brazil, ten land defenders were killed by the police in May 2017.”

Dr Butt is calling for more transparency and accountability from multinational companies and governments, and awareness from consumers.

“The ecology of the planet is fundamental to the production of food and resources — that we all depend upon — and we are ultimately bound to support it, otherwise it will not support us,” she said.

“Part of this support is to protect the people who protect it.

“As consumers in wealthy countries — who are effectively outsourcing our resource consumption — we share responsibility for what’s happening.

“Businesses, investors and national governments at both ends of the chain of violence need to be more accountable.”

The research has been published in Nature Sustainability.

Data used for this study were collected by Global Witness.

THOUSANDS PROTEST HONDORAN PRESIDENT LINK TO DRUG GANGS Thousands of protesters took to the streets of the Hondoran capital on Tuesday to urge President Juan Orlando Hernandez to step down, just days after he was forced to deny taking money from drug gangs to secure his election in 2013. [Reuters]

GRIM REPORT SHOWS HOW MANY ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISTS WERE KILLED LAST YEAR Every week, an average of four environmental activists are killed. The Global Witness Defending Tomorrow report counted 212 people killed last year for their efforts to protect the Earth from the destructive effects of development for oil and gas, mineral extraction, agriculture, polluting waterways, displacing ancestral homes, destroying habitats, logging and other practices — a new record. “Our figures are almost certainly an underestimate,” the authors write. This comes alongside the news that nearly 3 billion animals were killed or displaced in Australia’s fires last year. [HuffPost]

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