Record Number of Environmental Activists Murdered in 2015
Dionel Campos was publicly executed on 1 September 2015.
Leader of the Manobo tribe in the Philippines, he had opposed large scale mining and logging on his people’s traditional lands.
After the deadly attack on him and two others, Bello Sinzo and Emerito Samarca, 3,000 of his community fled their homes.
“We get threatened, vilified and killed for standing up to the mining companies on our land and the paramilitaries that protect them,” said Michelle Campos, his daughter.
“We know the murderers – they are still walking free in our community. We are dying and our government does nothing to help us.”