Total attacks on defenders tracked in the portal

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre condemns the killing of Filipino labour leader, Dennis Sequeña

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre condemns the violent murder of Dennis Sequeña. We send our condolences to his family and colleagues at this difficult time. We join urgent calls for the Government of the Philippines to investigate Dennis’s death, as well as the growing violence against labour activists and labour leaders, so that justice may be served.


Research clarifies why & how businesses should support civic freedoms & human rights defenders


Human rights defenders and civic freedoms essential for profitable business, say major companies

The statement is the first of its kind, with supporters including Unilever, adidas, Primark, ABN AMRO, Anglo American, Leber Jeweler, Domini and the Investors Alliance on Human Rights, and stresses that when human rights defenders are under attack, so is sustainable and profitable business. Governments and investors everywhere should take notice today as a group of major brands call for protecting human rights defenders and civic freedoms, which are under attack across the world.


Database of attacks on defenders working on businesses-related human rights abuses

Search our database of attacks below, find out about the design and the methodology here or share your case!

Explore incidents by related sector or company, country or attack type

The size of the circles indicate the number incidents. Zoom in for more detail and click the circles for information

Key findings

3.2 billion people live in constrained civic space and civic freedoms

From our partners: CIVICUS Monitor shows that civil society is under serious attack in 111 out of 196 countries. This is up from 109 countries at our last update in March 2018. 

Access CIVICUS Monitor

Situation of defenders is particularly vulnerable

Resource Centre's findings: Over 1400 attacks on defenders working on businesses-related human rights abuses took place from 2015-2018. Find out who is getting attacked, by whom and why - and how the situation changed from 2017.

Explore infographics

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

Subscribe to our bulletin   January 2018 Bulletin

Forum Asia reports role of business in attacks on defenders is growing more common

The new Forum Asia report finds that the role of non-state actors in harassing these defenders has become increasingly common. This primarily includes businesses and corporations in the mining and extractives industries, and agri-businesses.


Thailand: Thammakaset must stop legal harassment of human rights defenders who exposed labour rights abuses at poultry farm

Thammakaset chicken farm has seemingly filed 17 different criminal and civil cases against a total of 23 defendants. Defendants in these cases are journalists, academics, civil society activists and the 14 former Thammakaset workers themselves. The judicial harrassment of these human rights defenders by the company must stop.