Webinar: SLAPPs as a Global Phenomenon
7 October 2020, 1:00 - 2:15pm BST
A webinar to discuss the use of abusive litigation by private actors against activists, journalists, and community members around the world, as well as effective responses to this threat. (The webinar will be conducted in English with Spanish-language interpretation.) Organised by International Center for Not-for-Profit Law, Greenpeace International, and Business & Human Rights Resource Centre
In Thailand, an agricultural company has filed more than a dozen suits against at least 20 defendants, targeting workers, journalists, and activists who had spoken out against alleged labor abuses at the company’s chicken farm. In South Africa, an Australian mining company filed suit against environmental activists who had criticized a company mine during a lecture at a local university. In Honduras and Peru community and indigenous leaders have been sued for their activism in raising concerns about mining projects and oil exploitation. And in Malta, a crusading journalist was fighting more than 45 civil and criminal defamation lawsuits from an array of business people and politicians at the time of her murder.
These are examples of strategic litigation against public participation, or “SLAPPs” -- suits filed by private actors, often powerful companies and businesspersons, in order to stifle critical speech and participation by activists, journalists, and community members.
As recent and forthcoming research by BHRRC, ICNL, and Greenpeace International shows, SLAPPs are a global problem that increasingly undermines the exercise of fundamental freedoms around the world. Join us to hear accounts from activists who have been targeted by SLAPPs, as well as a presentation of the most recent research findings on the scope and dimensions of the problem, and discussion of what can be done to address this threat.
Please register by 5 October here.