BRIEFING: Business & human rights challenges in Eastern Europe & Central Asia: Shrinking civic space threatens corporate accountability activists

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, Published on: 5 February 2016

This briefing highlights key business & human rights issues and developments in Eastern Europe & Central Asia from May 2014 through December 2015.  It provides examples of both positive and negative impacts companies’ operations are making on people’s lives…[A]lleged abuses by businesses… include workplace health & safety abuses, impact of pollution on health, and labour rights abuses…[T]he briefing pays special attention to the persecution of human rights defenders in the context of shrinking civic space, as we see this trend increasing in most post-Soviet states. On the positive side, we include examples related to counter-flooding measures, support of education initiatives, and good examples on proper grievance mechanism procedures.

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