the defenders 37 environmental defenders have been killed so far in 2018

Over the past year, in collaboration with Global Witness, the Guardian has attempt to record the deaths of all these people, whether they be wildlife rangers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or indigenous land rights activists in Brazil. At this current rate, chances are that four environmental defenders will be killed this week somewhere on the planet.

Some of the latest to have died

Killed on 14 May 2018 in Mexico

Manuel Gaspar Rodríguez, an anti-mining activist and social leader allegedly murdered after receiving death threats

Killed on 15 April 2018 in Brazil

Nazildo dos Santos Brito, an anti-palm oil campaigner shot dead in Pará state

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Killed on 10 April 2018 in Honduras

Carlos Hernández, a lawyer defending a mayor opposed to a major dam project

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Killed on 9 April 2018 in DRC

Jean de Dieu Byamungu, one of six men killed in the worst attack to date at Virunga national park

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Killed on 26 March 2018 in India

Sandeep Sharma, a journalist investigating illegal sand mining who died after being hit by a truck

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Advisory Committee: Yves Berthelot (France),  PV Rajagopal (India), Vandana Shiva (India), Oliver de Schutter (Belgium), Mazide N’Diaye (Senegal), Gabriela Monteiro (Brazil), Irakli Kakabadze (Georgia), Anne Pearson (Canada), Liz Theoharis (USA), Sulak Sivaraksa (Thailand), Jagat Basnet (Nepal), Miloon Kothari (India),  Irene Santiago (Philippines), Arsen Kharatyan (Armenia), Margrit Hugentobler (Switzerland), Jill Carr-Harris (Canada/India), Reva Joshee (Canada), Sonia Deotto (Mexico/Italy),Benjamin Joyeux (Geneva/France), Aneesh Thillenkery, Ramesh Sharma, Ran Singh (India)