Assassinations targeting human rights activists in Brazil increased by a total 22 percent in 2016, according to a new report published on Tuesday by the Brazilian Committee for Human Rights Defenders (CBDDH).
The report attributed the recent surge in violence due to harsh fiscal austerity measures and the elimination of several state institutions that were created in order to ensure the protection of vulnerable and marginalized communities.
“One of the immediate consequences of dismantling public institutions such as the Ministry for Women and Human rights, is an increase in violent repression,” according to the new report titled, “Lives in the struggle: The criminalization and violence against human rights defenders in Brazil.” 
During the first half of 2017, 42 people were killed, which doubles the total tally of people killed during the same period last year. 
“Brazil currently finds itself in situation with perpetual structural violence. Meanwhile, the impunity of human rights violations in the country’s …