Total attacks on defenders tracked in the portal

Shared Space Under Pressure: Business Support for Civic Freedoms and Human Rights Defenders

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre and International Service for Human Rights are pleased to release "Shared space under pressure: Business support for civic freedoms and human rights defenders". This guidance explores why, when, and how business should engage on this urgent issue and encourages action.  It sets forth the normative responsibility, the business case and the moral choice that companies should consider in the face of these growing pressures, and proposes a decision framework to guide companies as they decide whether and if so how to act. The executive summary of the document is available here


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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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Indigenous people in the defenders database: Killings are more common than for the rest of defenders


Intl. Finance Corporation’s position statement on reprisals against defenders supported by key civil society coalition



Brazil activists in London seeking justice over Doce River disaster

On 3rd anniversary of Samarco dam collapse, community members visited London to meet with BHP Billiton, civil society organisations, parliamentarians and investors.