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Human Rights Commission

Justice Policy Series, Part 1: Access to Justice

Open Government Partnership, Joseph Foti, Jessica Hickle, Maha Jweied,

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) provides an opportunity for government and civil society reformers to make government more transparent, participatory, and accountable. Working together, government and civil society co-create two-year action plans with concrete commitments across a broad range of issues that are then monitored by OGP’s Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM). Until recently, access to…

Voice and Accountability: The Role of Maternal, Neonatal, and Child Health Committee

Margaret Leppard, Sarawat Rashid, Atiya Rahman, Mahmuda Akhter, Hashima-E-Nasreen,

If health services are to be improved, raising the voice and accountability of both community members and health service staff is important. Many partnership initiatives have shown achievements in improving health services by facilitating people’s participation and by identifying mechanisms whereby the voice of those involved can be effectively heard. To ensure community participation, BRAC’s…

Reclaiming the Public Health System: Qualitative Report on Community Based Monitoring and Planning of Health Services in Maharashtra

Prashant Khunte, Amruta Walimbe,

The general perception is that nothing can happen smoothly and efficiently in public systems. While people often complain about delays and problems they experience in Government offices, they exhibit indifference towards this system at the same time. The public health system is no exception to this prevalent sense of apathy. Usually people are least concerned…

Practitioners’ Brief: Indigenous Peoples’ Right to Free, Prior, and Informed Consent in International and Regional Human Rights Law

Kelsey Ryburn, Namati,

An introduction to the right to free, prior, and informed consent (FPIC) in international human rights law. This resource is intended for legal empowerment practitioners who may be somewhat familiar with FPIC but would like to learn more about applying the concept.

Promoting Public Health through Clinical Legal Education: Initiatives in South Africa, Thailand, and Ukraine

Tamar Ezer, Ludmylla Deshko, Nicola Gunn Clark, Enga Kameni, Bruce A. Lasky,

The law can be a powerful tool in protecting public health.  Studies reveal both the impact of human rights viola- tions on health1 and the importance of interdisciplinary partnerships for the law to achieve its full potential and lead to justice.  As one scholar describes, “Human rights are increasingly recognized as important to providing social conditions in which…

Preventing and Combating the Trafficking of Girls in India: Using Legal Empowerment Strategies

International Development Law Organization,

Main findings and conclusions from IDLO’s three-year research program on legal empowerment of the poor.  One of the sub-projects under this program, “Strengthening the Legal Framework for Girls in India, Bangladesh, Kenya and Liberia”, investigated factors that support or inhibit the legal protection of  girls.  This brief summarizes the project and its key recommendations.

New book on protecting community lands and resources in Africa from Namati and Natural Justice

Posted by Marena Brinkhurst in Advocacy & Systemic Change, Land & Natural Resources, Resources & Research

In 2013, a group of 20 expert advocates from across Africa gathered for a three-day symposium to share experiences and practical strategies for effectively supporting communities to protect their lands and natural resources. The symposium illuminated many similarities between the types of threats to communities’ land and natural resource claims, as well as underlying factors that drive and exacerbate…