India ranks third in number of people killed for defending land

India stood third after Philippines and Colombia where largest number of people was killed, said a global report.

Published: 31st July 2019 08:53 AM  |   Last Updated: 31st July 2019 08:53 AM   |  A+A-

A women farmer seen sowing the seeds as a first step of farming in Karimnagar

A women farmer seen sowing seeds. (File Photo | EPS)

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: In a worrying trend more than three people were murdered each week in 2018, with countless more criminalised, for defending their land and environment. India stood third after Philippines and Colombia where largest number of people was killed, said a global report.       

‘Enemies of State?,’ an annual report on the killings of land and environmental defenders by Global Witness revealed a total 164 people were killed across the globe defending their land and environment and 23 people were killed in India followed by the Philippines (30) and Colombia (24).

The report that those killed were ordinary people trying to protect their homes and livelihoods, and standing up for the health of our planet. It further said that often their land was violently grabbed to produce goods used and consumed across the world every day, from food, to mobile phones, to jewellery.

“Mining was the worst sector, causing 43 deaths, though deaths related to conflicts over water sources also surged. Attacks driven by agribusiness, logging and hydropower continued too. Private security groups, state forces and contract killers — sometimes working together — are all suspected of carrying out killings,” the report cited.

“In some countries, the state is labelling defenders as terrorists or enemies of the state, as in the case of nine environmentalists who were jailed in Iran, accused of spying. As we have seen with the crackdown on anti-fracking activism in the UK, governments and industry are also flexing national laws to outlaw protest,” it added.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp