Activists Under Attack

Opposing mining operations in South Africa brings heavy consequences, according to a Human Rights Watch report. While some attacks on activists make international headlines, many go unreported.

In protesting mining activities that they believe dismantle their communities, activists face persistent harassment. Some end up dead.

The report tracks intimidation of activists in South Africa’s mining-affected communities; many perpetrators are unknown but thought to be linked to mining companies.

The brutality has deterred some protesters: “I was not far away from the guy who was shot. Since then, I am afraid to go to marches,” said an activist from Limpopo.

Human Rights Watch

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