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Thursday, June 13 • 5:15pm - 6:30pm
Old Crisis, Novel Means: Applying new tools to encourage company action in support of civic freedoms and human rights defenders

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Companies are increasingly speaking out and taking action against restrictions on civic freedoms and in support of human rights defenders. This year, CEOs of Kering, Unilever and Virgin, openly supported the youth climate strike, Adidas, Nike and others urged the Cambodian Government to drop criminal charges against labour rights activists, Primark, adidas and others publicly stated that when defenders were under attack, so was sustainable, profitable business and Microsoft announced it was using its AI capabilities to support better trial monitoring. However, these examples are still few and far between and companies find it difficult to determine whether and when to provide support. “Shared space under pressure”, guidance launched in 2018, offers companies a decision-making framework and menu of potential actions to increase private sector support for civic freedoms and defenders.

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Ana Zbona

Project Manager, Business, civic freedoms & human rights defenders, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

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Sarah Altschuller

Business & Human Rights Counsel, Verizon
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Khalid Ibrahim

Executive Director, Gulf Centre for Human Rights
Khalid Ibrahim is the Executive Director of the Gulf Center for human rights in charge of management, programme development, fundraising and training. He is an Iraqi human right defender with decades of experience in the human rights field, including more than ten years in Dublin... Read More →
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Annabel Lee Hogg

Cause Strategist, Governance and Human Rights, The B Team
Dibanhi Andrade tiene 21 años y es estudiante de la Licenciatura en Derecho y Función Pública. Actualmente es la Representante del Comisionado de Formación Integral en la FEUDEM. Durante su estancia en la UDEM ha formado parte de diversos grupos estudiantiles dentro del Centro... Read More →
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Afef Abrougui

Advox Lead Editor, Global Voices

Thursday June 13, 2019 5:15pm - 6:30pm BST
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