Life is getting more dangerous for Brazilian human rights defenders

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Human rights: Indigenous group protests in front of Congress asking. Photo: Wilson Dias/ABr

A new report on the dangers facing human rights defenders has warned that Brazilians are facing an increasingly dire situation. The report from Amnesty International, released today, shows that 2017 is on track to claim the lives of even more human rights defenders in Brazil than last year, when one defender was murdered approximately every five days.

“In the Americas, Brazil is the country with the highest number of human rights defenders murdered annually, and numbers are increasing every year,” Amnesty’s research and policy coordinator Renata Neder said in a statement. In particular, the international advocacy group is concerned by national efforts to destabilize protective programs for defenders, as well as the lack of investigation into threats and attacks.

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