"Alarmingly, global and regional developments that create conditions for greater land and resource grabbing continue to emerge and fuel social conflicts and unrest in rural areas." The number of victims this year is lower than the 171 killed in the same period last year, PANAP's data showed.
In Asia, land rights defenders were also killed in India and Myanmar, and in Latin America, killings were recorded in Mexico, Peru, Colombia, Guatemala and Venezuela, according to PANAP.
China's multi-trillion dollar Belt and Road Initiative, which aims to recreate the old Silk Road with massive infrastructure projects connecting China to Europe and beyond, will also see land grabs and huge displacements, PANAP said.
Jo Joson, a member of the Pesticide Action Group, an international coalition of farmers' organizations and citizens' groups including the Philippine-based Sibol ng Agham at Teknololohiya (SIBAT) and the Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific (PANAP), charges that the Hoechst action is a strategic lawsuit against public participation (SLAPP), an increasingly popular tool among corporations worldwide.
PANAP marked the announcement with the release of a new book entitled Citizens, Pesticicles, Hoechst.