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Latin America: murders of activists and environmentalists 2018, by country

In 2018, Colombia was the deadliest Latin American country for land activists and environmental defenders. Up to 24 such activists were murdered in Colombia in that year. Meanwhile, in Brazil, at least 20 environmentalists were killed.

Guatemala and Mexico were also among the countries with the highest number of this type of politically-motivated homicides in Latin America. In 2018, Chile made it into this infamous list, with two murders of environmentalists or activists, after recording no such cases one year earlier.

Number of land activists and environmental defenders murdered in selected countries in Latin America in 2018

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July 2019



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