Defenders in Development

Nepal HRDs

ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN

Around the world, the space for civil society participation in development is shrinking, as governments and corporate actors restrict fundamental freedoms and limit the ability of communities to access information and to engage in development processes. Those who speak out about development and investment activities or struggle to defend their lands, environment, and human rights, are often threatened, criminalized or subjected to violence. To stem this dangerous trend, on July 14, 2016, a broad coalition of defender groups and development accountability organizations came together to call on development financiers to ensure that their investments respect human rights, to provide an enabling environment for public participation in development, and to safeguard human rights defenders. The Defenders in Development campaign is working to change development policy and practice, and to build the capacity of human rights and environmental defenders to better leverage development finance connections to minimize risks and to remedy harm.

UNDERSTANDING DEVELOPMENT BANKS

POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS

RESOURCES & TOOLS FOR THE SECURITY & PROTECTION OF HRDs

PD - emergency support     UAF - rapid response   Front Line Defenders - Security In-A-Box   Front Line Defenders - Workbook on Security for Human Rights Defenders   AHRD - Resources for Human Rights Defenders   ISHR - Toolkit for Promoting Business Respect for Human Rights   Protection International - Protection Manual for Human Rights Defenders