Reaction of U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt., Ranking Member, Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee On The State Department And Foreign Operations) To Global Witness Report On Attacks Against Environmental Activists Worldwide

 “Global Witness documents the shocking pattern of harassment and killings of environmental activists who courageously defend their land and water from the rapacious greed of multinational extractive industries in search of quick profits, often with the support of corrupt governments.  Berta Caceres’ death in Honduras made headlines around the world because of her notoriety, but there have been many like her who died in obscurity.  Governments should be defending these people, not treating them like criminals and letting their killers go free.  These stories and the pattern of deadly collusion need to be known, and the revulsion of people around the world can serve as catalysts for redress and reform.”

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