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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Call for inputs: UN Working Group on Business & Human Rights - Guidance on the role of business in relation to human rights defenders

UN Working Group on Business & Human Rights issues paper to identify elements of guidance on the role of business in relation to human rights defenders. Deadline for inputs: 20 January, 2018.


Front Line Defenders report highlights killings of 300 human rights defenders in 2017, underlining the role of business


EU Fundamental Rights Agency finds civil society in all member states is facing increasing challenges