• Alarm over attacks on land rights defenders

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    PARIS: As populations grow and land becomes scarcer, attacks on those trying to defend their land are becoming increasingly frequent, a top rights group warned on Tuesday, citing Latin America and Asia as the main problem areas. In a wide-ranging report covering 29 countries, the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) said that “land rights defenders have never before been so targeted.” The detailed, 150-page report, published simultaneously in Manila, Pretoria, Mexico City and Guatemala, alleges cases of murders or disappearances in Mexico, Colombia, Honduras, Philippines, Thailand, Laos and South Africa.

    AFP

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