Amazon under siege: An interview with environmental and human rights defender Claudelice dos Santos
Claudelice dos Santos is a human rights defender who holds a bachelor’s degree in law and who is the coordinator of the “Instituto Zé Claudio e Maria” - an organization for human and environment rights. She became a well-recognised human rights defender through her struggle for justice following the killing of her brother José Claudio Ribeiro dos Santos and his wife, Maria do Espírito Santo, in 2011. Claudelice had fought alongside her brother and sister-in-law for the right to access to land and denounced human rights violations resulting from land grabbing, logging, and crimes against the environment. She was subjected to several threats due to her human rights activities. Claudelice is one of the nominees for the 2019 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, organised by the European Parliament. The interview was conducted in December of 2021 by the geographer Larissa Bombardi, currently based in Belgium, and Victor de Almeida, a lawyer and PhD candidate, based in UK.
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