Memorial for Honduran indigenous leader Berta Cáceres who was murdered because of her environmental and human rights activism.

This Thanksgiving, let’s thank the land defenders who gave their lives for our future

by Jeff Conant, senior international forests program manager

When I learned in early October that the Indonesian environmental lawyer Golfrid Siragar had been found dead on a highway overpass in Sumatra, I knew right away that it was murder. Golfrid had been leading the litigation against a proposed dam in North Sumatra that the Indonesia government was dead-set on building, despite the extraordinary damage it will do to a fragile ecosystem, home to the world’s rarest species of orangutan. Golfrid’s death fit a pattern that has become all-too-familiar.

Letter delivery at the Indonesian Embassy in Washington, D.C. calling for a robust, independent and transparent police investigation into Golfrid’s death on par with international standards, and an independent investigation by Indonesia’s National Commission on Human Rights.
Protestors at Standing Rock, North Dakota

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