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.

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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Honduran & UK NGOs urge UK gov’t to stop granting licenses for sales of telecom interception equipment to Honduran gov’t

Honduran and UK based human rights organisations write to express dismay to the UK Government’s sanctioning of sales of telecommunications interception equipment to Honduras, given the country’s human rights situation. They say Government’s assertion that “the issue of the licence was consistent with the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria and remained so at the time of[space missing]export" was a misrepresentation and that there was reason to believe that the telecommunications interception equipment was highly likely to be used for internal repression. They urged UK Government to ensure that no further export licenses were granted to the Honduran Government for any equipment that could be used for internal repression.


Leading global business associations & several companies express concern over verdict against defender Andy Hall by Thai court


UN Indigenous rights advocate among 600 people Philippine govt. wants to label terrorists