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A flawed report

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The Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign Action Group has expressed its deep concern about the recent Global Witness report ‘Defenders of the Earth, global killings of land and environmental defenders in 2016’ . Whilst this is a much needed publication in many ways, the section on Nicaragua makes sweeping generalisations based on flawed, very incomplete evidence from limited sources and then uses this as evidence that ‘Nicaragua has overtaken Honduras as the world’s most dangerous place for activists per capita.’

We have written to Global Witness to express our concerns, and we have also put a statement on our website at

At the end of our statement, you will find a link to an excellent blog by John Perry, setting out in some detail the report’s failings. The link to the blog is

At a time when the US is threatening economic sanctions against Nicaragua that could potentially destabilise not just Nicaragua but the whole region, it is even more incumbent on internationally respected organisations such as Global Witness to ensure that assertions they make are based on sound evidence.