Let’s start with a seemingly unconventional proposition: civil society and business share the same space, and therefore should share an interest in defending what unites them. How controversial is that proposition, really?, ask Bennett Freeman, Mauricio Lazala and ISHR's Michael Ineichen.
States and NGOs alike should do more within the Human Rights Council to promote the full realisation of economic, social and cultural rights – and to address gross and systematic violations of those rights – in concrete ways, says Lucy McKernan.
A joint ISHR and FORUM-ASIA report highlights challenges faced by human rights defenders working on corporate accountability in East Asia. The groups urge strong attention to defenders in the upcoming Asia regional forum of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights.
Worlwide we are simultaneously witnessing a democratic recession on the part of governments and an increasing appetite for democracy on the part of ordinary people. We must respond with an increased commitment to the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly, association and expression, writes UN expert Maina Kiai.
Cambodian human rights defender Venerable Luon Sovath faces trial today in a flawed and protracted judicial process that only aims to intimidate and silence him.