About this Violation
Human rights defenders are often judicially harassed due to their work on human rights. Strategic litigation against public participation (SLAPP) is a term coined to describe the use of legal frameworks, strategies and political and legal actions with the intention of treating human rights protection as illegitimate and illegal. Companies are increasingly using SLAPPs, when faced with public criticism or reports on their corporate misconduct, either from civil society organisations and human rights defenders or journalists.
It usually comprises criminal and civil lawsuits directed at human rights defenders with the purpose of intimidating them, by draining their psychological and financial resources and ultimately silencing them.