The recent murder of Berta Cáceres is emblematic of the risks faced by people working to protect and promote economic, social, and cultural rights. Cáceres, a well-known and respected Honduran campaigner on indigenous and environmental rights, was killed for speaking out against the negative human rights impacts of dams, plantations, and illegal logging.
Sadly, there are many other examples from around the world of the dangers human rights defenders face.
The Advocates was among 300 organizations joining to issue a statement to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, asking for action to protect human rights defenders working on environmental issues.
Read the letter.