Investors can help prevent companies using frivolous lawsuits to silence human rights and environmental defenders

1/10/19 - Elodie Aba and Ana Zbona at BHRRC

Companies are increasingly using so-called ‘Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation’ (SLAPPs), write BHRRC's Ana Zbona and Elodie Aba in Responsible Investor

This article was published in Responsible Investor on 1 October 2019

Companies are increasingly abusing legal tools to silence human rights defenders (HRDs) who alert companies and investors to destructive business practices. These lawsuits are commonly referred to as Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation, or SLAPPs.

Our latest research shows that between 2015 and 2018, at least 24 SLAPPs were brought against 71 defenders by just 12 major oil, gas and mining companies and one industry association, seeking a total of US$ 904 million in damages.

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