Total attacks on defenders tracked in the portal

New BHRRC COVID-19 tracker focuses on apparel cos. responses & changing operating environment

Human rights defenders face increased risk during #COVID19, and civic freedoms are restricted for many. Check out our tracker for info by country on attacks on #HRDs & current status of civic freedoms from @CIVICUSalliance@CCPR_Centre @top10vpn.


In Eastern Europe, the COVID-19 pandemic is being used to attack human rights defenders

It seems that in COVID-19, both governments and companies now have an additional tool at their disposal to ignore or suppress any form of dissent, especially when the business interests of ruling elites are at stake. And this tool is used not only by authoritarian countries in the region, but also by potential candidates for EU membership. 


Asia: COVID-19 pandemic must not serve as an excuse to vilify defenders who champion rights-based approaches in business practices

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre & Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA)'s video explains the situation of labour, land and environmental rights defenders and other human rights defenders in Asia since the beginning of the pandemic, and calls for participation of all stakeholders in defining the recovery period. Our statement is available here.

This week, BHRRC welcomes acquittal of Thai rights defenders Nan Win & Sutharee Wannasiri: both women defenders were targets of Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs) by Thammakaset farm in Thailand. The defamation case against Nan Win and Sutharee Wannasiri is just one of many that had been lodged against human rights defenders and workers by Thammakaset and other business enterprises. More info here.


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