Did you know?
More than three people were murdered each week in 2018, with countless more criminalised, for defending their land and our environment (global witness, 2019).
Why land defenders?
There has never been a more critical time to protect land and environmental rights and the people who put their lives on the line to defend them.
More and more ordinary people are finding themselves on the frontline of the battle to defend their land and territories from corporate or state abuse and unsustainable exploitation. Many violations are invisible, and the situation is set to become worse as competition for access to natural resources and land grabs intensify against a backdrop of extreme global inequality.
ILC members and their partners face threats, criminalisation, violence, and killings for defending the rights of local communities, peasants, pastoralists, and Indigenous Peoples to their land and environment.
ILC is aware that, to tackle the sensitive and fragile situation of land and environmental defenders around the world, a strong network of actors is needed.
What we do
The Defend the Defenders Coalition (DD Coalition) brings together more than fifty national and international human, environmental, and land rights organisations, networks, and defenders to:
1. scale up protection for land and environmental defenders
2. demand greater accountability from governments and businesses
A GLOBAL DATABASE OF VIOLATIONS
...coming in December 2020
How Guatemala is sliding into chaos in fight for land and water
19 August 2018Read More
How our members work to ensure the safety of land defenders
2 September 2019Read More
Threats to Indigenous Peoples’ rights in Asia must be halted
27 March 2019Read More
ILC's joint campaign "Land Rights Now" is working to raise awareness and mobilise global action in support of land and environmental defenders
"A joint effort with the ILC network and the Defend the Defenders Coalition brings visibility to cases of criminalisation and persecution. It also grants access to international mechanisms for the defence of human rights." (Leiria Vay, CODECA)
The Steering Committee is led by the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide, Global Witness, World Resources Institute, International Land Coalition, Transparency International, and the Business and Human Rights Center.