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Adopt zero-tolerance approach to violence against environmental human rights defenders: UN Special Rapporteur
According to a new report to the United Nations General Assembly by the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Michel Forst, environmental human rights defenders are critical to our future but they face unprecedented risks.
"I am extremely worried and appalled by the growing number of attacks and murders of environmental defenders, but also by the continuous resistance of States to act in front of egregious human rights violations," Forst said.
 
The human rights expert warned that, although the situation is particularly dramatic in Latin America and Asia where many international investors, companies and local governments ignore the legitimate concerns of the population, "attacks and threats happen everywhere in the world."

According to the study, a number of environmental conflicts could be avoided by prior consultation and active participation of local communities and environmental activists. 

As per a release, he urged the international community to adopt a zero-tolerance approach to the violence against environmental human rights defenders.

"Recently, the world has taken concrete steps to protect our planet, now it is time to protect the heroes who, day by day, are at the forefront of the fight for our future," Forst said.

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