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Human Rights Defenders and Business

Organised by the Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB) in conjunction with the Centre for the Study of Human Rights

  • Monday 14 December 2015, 6pm-8pm
  • Venue TBC
  • Speakers: Maria Saro-Wiwa, Lynn Carter, Peter Frankental, Suzanne Spears, Salil Tripathi
  • Chair: Professor Chetan Bhatt

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa, a Nigerian writer and activist who campaigned on human rights and environment issues for the Ogoni people in the Niger Delta. With space shrinking for civil society around the world and governments cracking down on human rights defenders, this event highlights the key issues at stake. 

At the event, the Institute for Human Rights and Business will launch its latest report, which is published jointly with Civil Rights Defenders and Front Line Defenders. The report showcases recent cases of human rights defenders challenging economic policies or business operations and the consequences they have faced. The report also includes essays outlining the importance of human rights defenders, the role of governments, what companies should do, and offers recommendations to the business community. It also argues that a wide civil society space is in the interests of companies.

A distinguished panel of human rights advocates and activists will highlight the challenges facing human rights defenders.

The Speakers

Maria Saro-Wiwa, Trustee, Prisoners of Conscience Appeal Fund

Lynn Carter, Prisoners of Conscience Fund

Peter Frankental, Amnesty International UK

Suzanne Spears, Volterra Fietta

Salil Tripathi, Senior Advisor, Global Issues, Institute for Human Rights and Business

Professor Chetan Bhatt (chair) is Director of the Centre for the Study of Human Rights and Professor of Sociology

Coming to the event

This event is free to attend and open to all. Pre-registration is required, please RSVP
to events@ihrb.org. Entry is on a first come first served basis.

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