Total attacks on defenders tracked in the portal

Human rights defenders face reprisals. Here’s what OECD and National Contact Points can do to protect them.

A new Factsheet from OECD Watch and BHRRC sheds light on the risks to defenders, related to cases in front of OECD National Contact Points, and makes recommendations on what NCPs can do to keep them safe and to spread awareness about this issue with businesses.


Development Finance Institutions have to use leverage with businesses to ensure their investments are not putting defenders at risk



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.


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

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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 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.

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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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Cambodia's Prey Lang Community Network (PLCN) wins the prestigious Energy Globe Award

PLCN is a network of local community members working to protect Prey Lang forest from illegal logging. The network patrols the forest and records illegal logging and the removal of valuable resources, reporting its findings to policymakers and the public. The Energy Globe Awards are one of the most prestigious environmental prizes worldwide.


Human Rights Defender Profile: Emmanuel Peni, Project Sepik from Papua New Guinea

New report published by Jubilee Australia Research Centre in collaboration with Project Sepik raised concerns about the proposed Frieda River copper-gold mining project in Papua New Guinea. We invited PanAust to respond to the allegations, and we spoke to Emmanuel Peni, coordinator of Project Sepik - check out the response and his HRD profile below.