RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A land rights watchdog group says the number of rural activists killed in the country rose 10 percent from 2011 to 2012, with most deaths occurring in the Amazon forest region.
The Catholic Land Pastoral group said in a report Monday that illegal logging and the resulting conflicts were responsible for the majority of the 32 murders of local activists in Brazil last year.
November saw the greatest number of killings. There were six deaths in Para state and seven in Rondonia state. Both are at the center of disputes involving illegal loggers.
Those killed for denouncing illegal logging included Dinhana Nink, a 28-yer-old mother killed in front of her 5-year-old son, and Joao da Silva Kaxarari, who denounced wood trafficking on indigenous land.