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, 197 land and environmental defenders were killed worldwide in 2017, “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.
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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