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Human Rights Defenders discuss engaging with business at International Civil Society Week in Serbia
At this year's International Civil Society Week event in Belgrade, Serbia, we interviewed three human rights defenders about how the ‘shared space’ where business and civil society operate is currently under attack from governments, and sometimes by corporations.
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.
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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 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.
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