Illegal logging in the Russian Far East is of particular concern because the forests are home to the last 450 wild Siberian tigers. The Lumber Liquidators case was investigated jointly by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Homeland Security Investigations and prosecuted by the Department of Justice under the name “Operation Oakenshield.”

Latin America

The Amazon rainforest is the world’s largest terrestrial carbon sink and is facing enormous threats from illegal logging, aggressive expansion for industrial agriculture, cattle ranching, mining and infrastructure. At the same time, Latin America is one of the most dangerous places for environmental and human rights defenders who stand in the way of powerful political and financial interests and are frequently being threatened, harassed and even murdered for defending their livelihoods.

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Carving Up the Amazon

Industrial-scale agribusiness, particularly palm oil and cocoa, is driving deforestation in the most densely-forested regions of the Peruvian Amazon.

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Peru: No More Impunity in the Saweto Case!

The decision of the Penal Appeals Court of Ucayali to annul the sentence of those allegedly involved with the assassination of four Asháninka Indigenous leaders in 2014 is a strong affront to justice, memory and the dignity of the victims and their families, who have waited more than two decades to see a recognition of their rights to truth, justice and reparation.