AMCEN - We Demand Protection for Those Who Protect the Earth

13 November 2019 - Tomorrow, 14 November 2019, Ministers of Environment from across Africa attend the Seventeenth Regular Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN).  This is during the week of the 24th Anniversary of the murder of Ken Saro-Wiwa and friends.  They, and many others on the African continent have given up their lives to defend the land, ocean and peoples’ livelihoods.

Community people and people’s organisations [1] from throughout Durban and KwaZulu-Natal will be marching on the venue to deliver a memorandum to the Ministers of Environment demanding that they protect those that protect the earth.

According to Global Witness 4 environmental defenders are killed weekly.  A new report titled Environmental Defenders Under Attack – The threats facing people who protect nature was released by the Swedish Society of Nature Conservation (SSNC) this week highlights the prevailing danger on environmental activists’ lives without any visible protection or intervention from their governments. According to a recent report by The Guardian, the killings of environmental defenders globally have doubled in the past 15 years and can be directly linked to corruption, abuse of power, and weak laws. The year 2016 saw a record 200 killings of people defending their land, forests and rivers against destructive industries.

We demand protection.  Environmental Ministers must accept the fact that people are dying because they are defending their lands, oceans and livelihoods.



Date: Thursday 14 November 2019
Time: 9:00 am
Venue/Route: All meet at the Durban Amphitheatre (Beachfront) and march towards the                             Olive Convention Center (81 Somtseu Rd)


[1] Participating Organisations:

Abahlali baseMjondolo
Amadiba Crisis Committee
Cato Ridge Community
South African Waste Pickers Association
South Durban Community Environmental Alliance
Thor ex-Workers
Ubunye bamaHostela


Nonhle Mbuthuma
Amadiba Crisis Committee
+27 73 426 2955

Desmond D’Sa
South Durban Community Environmental Alliance
+27 83 982 6939

Tsepang Molefe
groundWork Media
+27 74 405 1257