Human Rights
and Business Award

An annual award (with a $50,000 grant) for outstanding work by human rights defenders in the Global South* or former Soviet Union addressing the human rights impacts of business in those regions.

*Global South = Africa, Asia & Pacific, Latin America & Caribbean, Middle East

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2021 award recipient


AFREWATCH, headquartered in Lubumbashi (southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo), advocates for the fair, equitable and transparent development of natural resources in Africa for the benefit of all.  It calls on companies and governments to include the needs of local communities in their planning, priorities and operations, and to integrate those communities into the management of natural resources.  AFREWATCH seeks to safeguard human rights and protect the environment by holding companies and governments accountable. 

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