Total attacks on defenders tracked in the portal

ICNL's COVID-19 Civic Freedom Tracker


Colombia: Armed groups engaged in illegal mining exploit COVID-19 outbreak to kill community leaders

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COVID-19 Outbreak: Implications for civic freedoms - surveillance, censorship & privacy

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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.


Pillar Two compiles resources for companies & investors to navigate responsibility to respect human rights during COVID-19 pandemic

To help companies navigate the responsibility to respect human rights during and after COVID-19, several organisations have released resources touching on human rights issues.

COVID-19 resources

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!

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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 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. 

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Situation of defenders is particularly vulnerable

Resource Centre's findings: Over 1600 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.

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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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Business policies & statements on HRDs & civic freedoms by cos. & investors


Compilation of recommendations to cos. & investors on HRDs & civic freedoms


Feronia security guard acquitted of murdering Congolese land defender

The court in Mbandaka in DRC has acquitted the presumed killer of a land defender (Source: FarmLandGrab).