Total attacks on defenders tracked in the portal

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

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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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New Global Witness report finds agribusiness is most dangerous sector for defenders

New report records deadliest year for defenders ln record, blaming agribusiness for the surge in killings. 207 defenders were killed in 2017, making it the worst year on record. Many, many more were attacked, threatened or criminalised for showing the courage to speak out for their communities, their way of life and our environment. One of  the most shocking facts outlined in this report is the number of killings committed by government security forces at the behest of their political bosses and in  league with industry.


New Human Rights Defenders Toolbox on business & human rights

Simmons & Simmons  & Peace Brigades International's new Toolbox comprises a range of fact sheets on the obligations of companies to respect human rights, as set out in the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.


Philippines: Court drops terrorist tagging case vs. UN rapporteur on rights of indigenous peoples; 3 others also cleared