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UN Working Group on Business & Human Rights, UN Special Rapporteur on defenders & civil society jointly stress need to prevent attacks on defenders
UN Forum statement
Pacific: BHRRC launches new web portal to shine light on corporate abuse in the region
The portal hosts an evolving series of interviews with human rights defenders working on business and human rights issues at a grassroots level.
In Focus: Human Rights Defenders in Eastern Europe & Central Asia
On this Human Rights Defenders Day, we celebrate the work of defenders from the region by highlighting a woman human rights defender from Azerbaijan, Mirvari Gahramanli.
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.
Australia: Civil liberties groups and business speak out over PM's proposal to ban protesters boycotting companies