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Shared Space Under Pressure: Business Support for Civic Freedoms and Human Rights Defenders

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre and International Service for Human Rights are pleased to release "Shared space under pressure: Business support for civic freedoms and human rights defenders".  Authored by Bennett Freeman, the guidance draws on over 90 interviews with opinion leaders. This guidance explores why, when, and how business should engage on this urgent issue and encourages action.  It sets forth the normative responsibility, the business case and the moral choice that companies should consider in the face of these growing pressures, and proposes a decision framework to guide companies as they decide whether and if so how to act.  This guidance also encourages civil society to work with business and identifies multiple examples of actions and initiatives drawn from different sectors and regions. The executive summary of the document is available here


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Key findings

3.2 billion people live in constrained civic space and civic freedoms

From our partners: CIVICUS Monitor shows that 3.2 billion people live in countries where civic space is either repressed or closed. 16 countries are rated closed, 32 repressed, 21 obstructed, 26 narrowed and nine open. 

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Situation of defenders is particularly vulnerable

Resource Centre's findings: Over 950 cases of attack on defenders focusing on corporate accountability took place since 2015. Killings and lawsuits against defenders rose significantly in 2017.

Key findings

News & developments

Find out more about the latest news and the most important actions and ideas at the intersection of business, civic freedoms and the work of human rights defenders here and through our bulletin. Archive of highlighted items available here

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Indigenous people in the defenders database: Killings are more common than for the rest of defenders


Intl. Finance Corporation releases position statement on intimidation & violence against opponents of its projects



Colombia: Two relatives of environmental defenders opposed to Hidroituango dam killed - EPM responded

In the last week of September, Julian Areiza a nephew of Rubén Areiza and the son of Juan de Dios Ramírez were shot dead in events that are being investigated by the judiciary.  Both were members of Rios Vivos Movement that has denounced the negative impacts by EPM’s Hidroituango dam.  Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited EPM to respond.