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In recent years, we witness increased number cases of harassment of activists defending environment in many countries. The reasons are different, but most often they are linked to deterioration of the environment, business of transnational corporations, scrupulousness oligarchs or large industries, and lack of democracy in ruling of some  governments.

According to the international human rights organization Global Witness, 185 environmental activists were killed worldwide in 2015, and the 2016 was “the deadliest year in record” regarding activists killing. Situation in Europe and former Soviet Union is mostly not lethal but nevertheless disturbing. Hundreds of people are repressed for their effort to protect their neighbourhood or the nature. The persecution has various forms: blackmailing, threats, dismissal or expulsion from the job or the study, administrative and criminal prosecution, psychological pressure or physical violence, even detentions and arrests. The public authorities sometimes do not advocate the citizens' right to live in healthy environment, but defend private commercial interests. The cases are rarely properly investigated, and the culprits remain unpunished.

Maybe you know what are we talking about. Perhaps members or your civic initiative or even you yourself were subject to a persecution. Possibly you know someone who faced problems after he or she raised the issue of polluted air, cutting of the trees, illegal construction or other negative affair. Let the world hear about it! Share the story on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and make a difference. Our work is strictly confidential and thus all sources of information are anonymous and never get revealed. 

By this website, we want to express solidarity, support activists who are dealing with environmental issues and face persecution, attract attention of the world's public, the media and international organizations. We believe that speaking openly about serious issues is the first step on the long run to their solution. Thank you for your contribution, interest and support.

 

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