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6 February 2018
Colombia

Deforestation in Colombia has increased 44% since 2015, despite the government's Paris commitment to reach net zero by 2020

Twenty-five Colombian youths – one as young as seven – are suing the government for failing to protect the environment and prevent deforestation in the Amazon.

The lawsuit is the first of its kind in Latin America, and demands the Colombian government protect young people’s rights to a healthy environment, life, food and water.

24 January 2018
Latin America and the Caribbean
Honduras
Mexico
Brazil
Colombia
Philippines

Most of the killings in Latin America took place in Colombia, Brazil, Mexico and Honduras, according to the report.

Of the 312 human rights defenders murdered across the world in 2017, 212 of them (67.9 percent) were from Latin America, according to a new report by Ireland-based non-profit Front Line Defenders.

The group published the data in its annual Human Rights Defenders at Risk report. 

Per the report, 80 percent of worldwide killings took place in four countries: Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and the Philippines. 

29 December 2017
Colombia

In the wake of Colombia’s peace deal, the rush to clear Amazon jungle for cattle ranches and coca caused deforestation to soar. A new scheme hopes to enable farmers to make a sustainable living from the forest

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Displacement Solutions (DS) works with climate displaced persons, communities, governments and the UN to find rights-based land solutions to climate displacement. DS also works to empower displaced people and refugees to exercise their right to return and have restored to them their original homes, lands and properties through reliance on the right to restitution. DS works together with and on behalf of people who have been displaced not only by conflict, forced eviction or other human rights abuses, but also natural disaster, climate change or other circumstances beyond their control.

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