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Earth Day 2020: Experts denounce continued attacks against land & environmental defenders, exacerbated by COVID-19 lockdown measures

Photo: A Miskito woman in Nicaragua by Jason Taylor/ILC.


Safeguarding Human Rights Defenders: Practical Guidance for Investors

Two new companion briefings demonstrate practical actions companies and investors should take to safeguard defenders:

Safeguarding Human Rights Defenders: Practical Guidance for Investors, by Investor Alliance for Human Rights, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, and International Service for Human Rights

Responsible Sourcing: The Business Case for Protecting Land and Environmental Defenders and Indigenous Communities’ Rights to Land and Resources, by Global Witness


COVID-19 Outbreak: Implications for civic freedoms & HRDs

Related in-depth area: COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Outbreak: Surveillance, censorship & privacy

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Research clarifies why & how businesses should support civic freedoms & 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.


Pillar Two compiles resources for companies & investors to navigate responsibility to respect human rights during COVID-19 pandemic

To help companies navigate the responsibility to respect human rights during and after COVID-19, several organisations have released resources touching on human rights issues.

COVID-19 resources

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

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Key findings

Civic freedoms are being violated around the world

From our partners: CIVICUS Monitor shows that in 2019 twice as many people lived in countries where civic freedoms were being violated: 40% of the world’s population now live in repressed countries - in 2018, it was 19%.

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Situation of defenders is particularly vulnerable

Resource Centre's findings: Over 2000 attacks on defenders working on businesses-related human rights abuses took place from 2015-2020. Find out who is getting attacked, by whom and why - and how the situation is changing.

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News & developments

Find out about the latest news & research on the impacts of business on civic freedoms and the work of human rights defenders.

Business policies & statements on HRDs & civic freedoms by cos. & investors


Compilation of recommendations to cos. & investors on HRDs & civic freedoms