Database of attacks on defenders in the area of business & human rights

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Key findings

3.2 billion people live in constrained civic space and civic freedoms

From our partners: CIVICUS Monitor shows that 3.2 billion people live in countries where civic space is either repressed or closed. 16 countries are rated closed, 32 repressed, 21 obstructed, 26 narrowed and nine open. 

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Situation of defenders is particularly vulnerable

Resource Centre's findings: Over 950 cases of attack on defenders focusing on corporate accountability took place since 2015. Killings and lawsuits against defenders rose significantly in 2017.

Key findings

News & developments

Find out more about the latest news and the most important actions and ideas at the intersection of business, civic freedoms and the work of human rights defenders here and through our bulletin. Archive of highlighted items available here

Subscribe to our bulletin   January 2018 Bulletin

Honduras: Authorities charge dam executive as an "intellectual author" of Berta Caceres murder

Roberto David Castillo Mejia, who at the time of the slaying was executive president of the company Desarrollos Energeticos SA, or DESA, was arrested as the intellectual author of a crime that sparked an international outcry. This was the ninth arrest in the killing of Berta Caceres, a Goldman Environmental Prize winner who was shot dead two years ago.


UN Working Group on Business & Human Rights continues to welcome submissions on defenders & business

UN Working Group on Business & Human Rights publishes is seeking written feedback on a number of questions which will inform elements of a guidance on defenders under each of the three pillars of the UNGPs. Ongoing feedback is welcome.


On 2nd anniversary of Berta Cáceres' death, Latin American & Caribbean countries sign treaty to protect land defenders

Officials from 24 Latin American and Caribbean states have signed a legally binding environmental rights pact containing measures to protect land defenders.