Deadly but preventable attacks: killings and enforced disappearances of those who defend human rights

India is among the deadliest countries for defenders of rights related to land, territory, environment, rights NGO Amnesty International said. In its global report 'Deadly but Preventable Attacks: Killings and Enforced Disappearances of Those who Defend Human Rights', released, the rights watchdog said: In India, journalists, land rights activists, and those advocating the rights of ethnic and religious minorities, Dalits and Adivasis (tribal) are among those at risk of attack. Among the deadliest countries for this group of human rights defenders are Brazil, Colombia, the Philippines, India and Honduras, it said. According to an Amnesty release, as many as 3,500 human rights defenders were killed worldwide since 1998 while the number in 2016 was 281-- a significant increase from 156 defenders killed in 2015 and 136 in 2014.