Database of attacks on defenders in the area of business & human rights

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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.

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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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Thailand: Defamation trial against exploited Myanmar farm workers resumes ahead of UNWG on business & human rights visit

Thammakaset Company Limited criminal defamation case against 14 migrant workers from Myanmar who allege serious labor rights violations, and Thai authorities should decriminalize defamation resumes tomorrow in Bangkok. The trial is scheduled is expected to last three days. Rights groups are calling on Thammakaset Company Limited to drop charges and on Thailand to decriminalize defamation.


UN Working Group on Business & Human Rights continues to welcome submissions on defenders & business

UN Working Group on Business & Human Rights publishes new blog "Protecting and respecting those who speak up against business impacts on human rights - takeaways from the UN Forum and the way forward"The UNWG is also seeking written feedback on a number of questions which will inform elements of a guidance on defenders under each of the three pillars of the UNGPs. Ongoing feedback is welcome.


Poland: Govt. passes law limiting rights of environmental activists to protest ahead of UN climate talks

The Polish parliament passed a government-sponsored bill which, will hamper the rights of environmental activists to protest at UN climate talks in December and subject them to government surveillance.The new law explicitly forbids spontaneous demonstrations in Katowice during the talks, which will make it difficult for groups to respond to developments at the climate negotiations.