ICNL presents the first cross-regional survey of SLAPPs in the Global South, along with the first rigorous comparative analysis of anti-SLAPP policy responses undertaken in the Global North and the Global South. Our survey shows that SLAPPs pose a serious threat to the exercise of fundamental freedoms in the Global South, particularly for activists, civil society organizations, journalists, and community members who dare to criticize powerful entities.
SLAPP Suits Worldwide
SLAPPs are are on the rise around the world. As human rights defenders co-ordinate locally and globally, their powerful resistance to corporations whose harmful activities impact on environmental, social and cultural rights, has attracted the ire of those that they oppose. Their resistance is however, undeterred and as a multitude of reports and studies have shown, SLAPPs are being better understood and better defended around the world. Here are links to some of our partners, locally and internationally, who are working on SLAPPs. Their resources may be of use in the resistance!
Read about how more than 100 NGOs and 32 members of the European Parliament have called for an EU anti-SLAPP directive and funds to support all victims of SLAPPs. See some of the cases, as documented in this report.
To formulate well considered anti-SLAPP strategies, read more about SLAPP in Southeast Asia. Our partners at the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre have compiled cases of SLAPP as well as recommendations for governments, businesses and civil society. A March 2020 briefing paper provides some additional information for Defending Defenders.
(* this website is no longer updated but contains useful reference to anti-SLAPP legislation)
Understanding SLAPP, anti-SLAPP legislation in other parts of the world as well as tried and tested strategies for defending SLAPP helps to formulate good anti-SLAPP strategies. Read more about state specific anti-SLAPP legislation in the United States.