Side event on environmental rights defenders on 3 December in Geneva with live webcast

November 30, 2013

Human rights defenders play a critical role in exposing and ensuring accountability for business-related human rights violations. Despite this, around the world, there is an increase in attacks, judicial harassment, restrictions, surveillance, intimidation and reprisals against defenders who work on land and environment issues associated with business activities. A side event on 3 December in Geneva (Palais des Nations Room XX  from 13h00 to 15h00) will pay special attention to challenges engendered by the increasing criminalisation or repression of those peacefully denouncing adverse human rights impacts of corporate projects, discussing the role of both States and companies.

 Panellists are:

  • Jorge Luis Morales, lawyer and member of the Verapaz Union of Peasant Organisations (UVOC), Guatemala
  • Samuel Nguiffo, Secretary General of the Centre for Environment and Development (CED), Cameroon
  • Pavel Sulyandziga, Chair of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights
  • Harriet Berg, Minister-Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Norway in Geneva

Moderated by:

  • Debbie Stothard, Coordinator for the Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma (Altsean), Malaysia and FIDH Secretary General

 Live webcasting will be available at and questions can be submitted through Twitter using: #LandRightsHRD

Contact Delphine Reculeau of OMCT for further information: +41 22 809 49 39 /

The event is co-sponsored by the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), the InternationalFederation for Human Rights (FIDH), Peace Brigades International (PBI), the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), EarthRights International (ERI), Friends of the Earth International, Global Witness, the International Land Coalition, the International Union for Conservation of NatureNational Committee of the Netherlands (IUCN NL), the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) and the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (Forum-Asia).

Join us for a side event on land and environmental rights defenders in danger! / November 27, 2013 / Events / ESCR / OMCT.

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