AI issues report on harassment of HRDs
28 April 2018
As part of its campaign to sensitise public opinion in Peru and elsewhere to the problems facing human rights defenders (HRDs), Amnesty International (AI) last week launched a new report ‘Una Receta para Criminalizar: Personas Defensoras del Ambiente, el Territorio y la Tierra en Perú y Paraguay’.
“Defenders of land rights and the environment in Peru live at risk since the state, rather than recognising their valiant contribution, systematically creates mechanisms to persecute and silence them” says Marina Navarro, AI’s executive director in Peru. “The lack of investigation into deaths arising from social conflicts in recent years and the agreements between the police (PNP) and mining companies help explain distrust among those who defend human rights to the authorities”, she adds.
According to AI, 78 people have lost their lives because of indiscriminate use of violence to deal with social protests in the last four years.