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Video: How do businesses affect Human Rights Defenders - and how can they support them & civic freedoms?
Human Rights Defenders from Singapore, Turkey, Kenya, Uganda and Zimbabwe - visiting defenders at The Centre for Applied Human Rights at the University of York - share their views on how businesses affect their work and how they can be supportive of it.
New Investors snapshot: Silencing the Critics - How big polluters try to paralyse environmental and human rights advocacy through the courts
New guidance helps investors avoid risk and prevent Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs), which are increasingly used against 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.
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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 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.
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.
Policies & statements on Human Rights Defenders & civic freedoms by cos. & investors
Since 2016, several companies, multi-stakeholder initiatives, industry associations, investors, financial institutions and their accountability mechanisms have clarified their stances on human rights defenders (HRDs). Corporate practice in this area often lags behind policy commitments.