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A Recipe for Criminalization: Defenders of the environment, territory and land in Peru and Paraguay

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1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

This report is being published as part of Amnesty International's regional campaign for the rights of people who defend and promote the rights related to the environment, territory and access to land. It contains information obtained by monitoring specific cases in which the authorities have misused the criminal justice system in various countries in the region. These cases can be found at www.speakout4defenders.com -- where Amnesty International has documented incidents endangering the security of people and communities defending these rights 2015.

For years, Amnesty International has documented the situation faced by human rights defenders around the world. Every day,such people are attacked for activities aimed at promoting and defending these rights, including: demonstrating peacefully; for documenting and publicly denouncing human rights abuses and violations; for seeking justice, truth, reparation and non-repetition for the victims of human rights violations; for imparting human rights education; or for being linked to groups associated with the defence of human rights. In the most extreme cases, and such cases are on the increase, human rights defenders have been killed for the work they do.

In the Americas, Amnesty International has documented in particular the rights of people who defend and promote the rights to territory, the environment and rights related to access to land -- a group of defenders who are at greatest risk because of their work. In recent years, the majority of attacks and threats documented by Amnesty International in the region have been on individuals and organizations working to defend rights related to these issues.

In the Americas, Amnesty International has documented in particular the rights of people who defend and promote the rights to territory, the environment and rights related to access to land -- a group of defenders who are at greatest risk because of their work.1 In recent years, the majority of attacks and threats documented by Amnesty International in the region have been on individuals and organizations working to defend rights related to these issues.