Environmental justice and sustainability

ISHR provides solidarity and support to defenders working on issues of environmental justice, corporate responsibility and accountability, and sustainable and inclusive development.

The knowledge and work of indigenous peoples and communities, as well as activists working on issues of environmental protection, the climate crisis and corporate accountability, are vital for humanity to live more responsibly and sustainably. Despite this, such people and communities are being killed and displaced by both irresponsible governments and unscrupulous corporations for their work to prevent exploitation, to protect precious forests and oceans, and to ensure that development is sustainable and inclusive. 

Through this programme, ISHR provides solidarity and support to defenders working on issues of environmental justice, corporate responsibility and accountability, and sustainable and inclusive development. We also seek to ensure that businesses and other non-State actors are effectively regulated with respect to human rights and HRDs, consult with and become positive advocates for HRDs, take action to respect and contribute to the protection of HRDs, refrain from actions that restrict or violate their rights, and are held accountable when they fail to do so.

Latest updates

Kenya should strengthen its legal framework protecting defenders

The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) examined the combined report of the 12th and 13th periodic reports of the Republic of Kenya during the virtual session held from 21 April to 13 May 2022. The report presents the progress made by the country regarding the state of human rights in Kenya.

Defenders in Nigeria strategise for better protection of their rights

On 29 and 30 March 2022, Nigerian civil society met in Abuja during a workshop co-organised by ISHR and Development Dynamics to discuss and strategise on ways to reduce legislative restrictions which impair the work of defenders and to strengthen legislative protections to support, safeguard and enable their work.

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