Investors call on companies to take systematic action to protect human rights defenders following increasing harassment & attacks

Author: Investor Alliance for Human Rights, Published on: 24 April 2018

In light of the increasing threats against human rights defenders globally, and the urgent situation facing defenders in the Philippines currently, the undersigned investors are calling on companies to take broad, systemic action to protect defenders, and immediate action to ensure the protection and physical safety of indigenous rights defenders in the Philippines...The most dangerous countries for human rights defenders in 2017 were in Latin America – Brazil, Guatemala, Colombia, Mexico, Peru and Honduras. However, human rights defenders face attacks globally, including in the United States....it is urgent for companies and investors to denounce acts that restrict or impair the legitimate work of defenders, to take positive steps to challenge the erosion of civic freedoms, and support a safe and enabling environment for defenders in the countries in which they are operating

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