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Webinar: Business and human rights amid COVID-19 response ‒ Risks and protection of human rights defenders & ensuring their participation in recovery

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An online discussion on ‘Business and human rights amid COVID-19 response: Risks and protection of human rights defenders & ensuring their participation in recovery’

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The COVID-19 pandemic has not only created a global health challenge, but also increased pressure and risk on human rights defenders, journalists, environmental, and labour rights activists. They are targeted, online and offline, for being critical of Government responses to the pandemic.

While dissenting voices are being silenced and people are struggling to sustain their livelihood, companies are given green light to carry on operation that may harm the most vulnerable communities.

In this webinar organised by FORUM-ASIA and the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, representatives from the UN, Governments, business, media, and human rights defenders will share their thoughts and reflections on how we can work together to respond to the growing threats against civic space, and what we can do to ensure civic participation in the economic recovery plan.

Date: Thursday, 4 June 2020

Time: 4.15 – 5.15 pm (Bangkok time, GMT +7)


  • Mary Lawlor, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders
  • William Anderson, Vice President of Global Social & Environmental Affairs, Adidas
  • Dr. Patricia Rinwigati Waagstein, Director of Djokosoetono Research Center, Indonesia and Member of Indonesia’s National Action Plan (NAP) on Business and Human Rights’s Drafting Team
  • Nareeluc Pairchaiyapoom, Director of International Human Rights Division, Rights and Liberties Protection Department, Ministry of Justice of Thailand
  • Three human rights defenders working on land and environmental rights, labour rights as well as civic freedoms

Moderated by Shamini Darshni Kaliemuthu, Executive Director of FORUM-ASIA.

For inquiries, please email [email protected]