Faced with the appropriation of their name, Peruvian NGO Madres en Acción is pushing back, filing a legal action to recover it. In an amicus brief in support of the action, ISHR argues that trademark law is being used to attack defenders and this must stop.
Human rights defenders keep being killed because those responsible are rarely held accountable, the Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders told the Human Rights Council today. Rafts of recommendations exist on how to protect defenders. What's needed is that states show the political will to do so.
In response to the growing recognition of the risks faced by human rights defenders working in the context of business, the UN's expert working group on business and human rights has announced it will develop new guidance for business to engage with and help protect defenders.
A coalition of 39 NGOs has launched a major new report and given evidence before the Inter-American Commission, documenting a pattern of increased and specific threats against those who work on business and human rights issues in the Americas.