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The Business, Civic Freedoms & Human Rights Defenders Portal of Business & Human Rights Resource Centre recorded about 290 attacks against HRDs in Southeast Asia between 2015 and 2019. 127 of these attacks were through judicial harassment and 30 of these cases can be considered SLAPPs. However, except for the Philippines, Southeast Asian countries have no laws defining SLAPPs as of the moment. There are, however, developments in court rulings that can be used to continue the push for stronger, more responsive legal frameworks in order to protect HRDs and their work.
This session involves a discussion of certain court rulings that have been favourable to human rights defenders and findings contained in the briefing note “Strategic Litigation against Public Participation: Southeast Asia cases & recommendations for governments, businesses, and civil society”.
It also includes presentations of key challenges faced by HRDs when businesses use SLAPPs to stop or restrict the vital work that HRDs do in their communities, and recommendations to address these challenges.
Provide an overview of SLAPPs in Southeast Asia and their impact on the work of HRDs, including a discussion of the current legal frameworks in the region on SLAPPs.
Present key challenges faced by HRDs in relation to SLAPPs.
Offer recommendations for governments and businesses.
What legal reforms are most critical to ensure that HRDs are protected against SLAPPs?
How should businesses respond to criticism and protest, without resorting to SLAPPs?
How can national action plans on business and human rights advance protection of HRDs?