ISHR was pleased to interview Juan Auz who participated in our last Human Rights Defenders Advocacy Programme in Geneva. Juan is the co-founder of Terra Mater, an NGO advocating for the rights of Indigenous people in the Ecuadorian Amazonian region.
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.
The UN Human Rights Council has missed a significant opportunity to strengthen the protection of human rights defenders who work to promote corporate respect for human rights and corporate accountability for human rights violations, the International Service for Human Rights said today.
Over the past 16 years, the Pachamama Foundation has been working for the conservation of tropical forests and the respect of the rights of indigenous communities. We have supported more than 30 communities, working for the recognition and respect of their rights. As part of achieving this, we have advocated for legislative advances, most notably successfully lobbying in 2008 for the inclusion of the rights to nature in the Constitution. Ecuador is the first country in the world ever to do so.