Journal article

Defending lands and forests: NGO histories, everyday struggles, and extraordinary violence in the Philippines

Wolfram Dressler

CRITICAL ASIAN STUDIES | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2021

Abstract

Across the Global South, authoritarian rule and extractivist agendas have intensified the harassment and murder of activists protecting remnant forest frontiers. In 2018, Global Witness documented the brutal murders of 207 environmental defenders in 2017, the deadliest year on record. In the Philippines, violence against defenders has recently accelerated under the authoritarian regime of President Rodrigo Duterte. Excluding drug-related extra-judicial killings, Global Witness documented thirty murders in the country in 2018, the highest number of such killings in any country that year. Largely due to expanding plantations and mines, the frontier province of Palawan has experienced a surge i..

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