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Covid-19: To leave the crisis behind, rights must come first

Asociación Civil por la Igualdad y la Justicia (ACIJ), Alianza Sierra Madre, A.C., Amazon Frontlines, Abogados y Abogadas del Noroeste Argentino en Derechos Humanos y Estudios Sociales (ANDHES), Asociación Scalabriniana al Servicio de la Movilidad Humana (ASCALA), Asylum Access, Asylum Access México, Centro de Estudios para la Equidad y Gobernanza en los Sistemas de Salud (CEGSS), Centro para una Justicia Igualitaria y Popular (CEJIP), CIVITIC (Red Universitaria de Estudios Urbanos de Ecuador), Comité de Familiares de Migrantes Fallecidos y Desaparecidos de El Salvador (COFAMIDE), Coordinadora por los Derechos de la Infancia y la Adolescencia (CDIA), CoopeSoLiDar R.L. (SOLIDAR), Corporación Justicia y Libertad (CJL), Derecho, Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (DAR), Escuela para Defensoras en Derechos Humanos y Ambientales Benita Galeana A. C., ONG FIMA, FLACSO Ecuador (Departamento de Estudios Políticos), Fundación CONSTRUIR, Fundación MARKANI, Fundación Para la Justicia y el Estado Democrático de Derecho, Fundeps, Grupo de Monitoreo Independiente de El Salvador (GMIES), Hackeando al Machismo, Instituto de Defesa do Direito de Defesa (IDDD), Instituto de Liderazgo Simone de Beauvoir A.C. (ILSB), Instituto Latinoamericano para una Sociedad y un Derecho Alternativos (ILSA), JUSTICE FOR ALL, Laboratorio de Diseño para la Justicia / The Access to Justice Design Lab (A2J Design Lab), TECHO, Themis – Gênero, Justiça, Direitos Humanos,

In the face of the COVID-19 global pandemic, the signatory organizations to this statement, members of the Global Legal Empowerment Network in Latin America, call on our states, the private sector, local governments, international organizations, and other relevant authorities to guarantee the rights of vulnerable populations and to prevent this situation from deepening the already…

Covid-19: Para dejar la crisis atrás, los derechos deben ir adelante

Asociación Civil por la Igualdad y la Justicia (ACIJ), Alianza Sierra Madre, A.C., Amazon Frontlines, Abogados y Abogadas del Noroeste Argentino en Derechos Humanos y Estudios Sociales (ANDHES), Asociación Scalabriniana al Servicio de la Movilidad Humana (ASCALA), Asylum Access, Asylum Access México, Centro de Estudios para la Equidad y Gobernanza en los Sistemas de Salud (CEGSS), Centro para una Justicia Igualitaria y Popular (CEJIP), CIVITIC (Red Universitaria de Estudios Urbanos de Ecuador), Comité de Familiares de Migrantes Fallecidos y Desaparecidos de El Salvador (COFAMIDE), Coordinadora por los Derechos de la Infancia y la Adolescencia (CDIA), CoopeSoLiDar R.L. (SOLIDAR), Corporación Justicia y Libertad (CJL), Derecho, Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (DAR), Escuela para Defensoras en Derechos Humanos y Ambientales Benita Galeana A. C., ONG FIMA, FLACSO Ecuador (Departamento de Estudios Políticos), Fundación CONSTRUIR, Fundación MARKANI, Fundación Para la Justicia y el Estado Democrático de Derecho, Fundeps, Grupo de Monitoreo Independiente de El Salvador (GMIES), Hackeando al Machismo, Instituto de Defesa do Direito de Defesa (IDDD), Instituto de Liderazgo Simone de Beauvoir A.C. (ILSB), Instituto Latinoamericano para una Sociedad y un Derecho Alternativos (ILSA), JUSTICE FOR ALL, Laboratorio de Diseño para la Justicia / The Access to Justice Design Lab (A2J Design Lab), TECHO, Themis – Gênero, Justiça, Direitos Humanos,

Las organizaciones firmantes en este pronunciamiento, miembros de la Red Global de Empoderamiento Jurídico en Latinoamérica, solicitamos a nuestros Estados, al sector privado, gobiernos locales, organismos internacionales, y demás autoridades competentes que ante la pandemia global del COVID-19, garanticen los derechos de los grupos especialmente vulnerables y eviten que esta situación profundice las desigualdades existentes…

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…

Africa Data Revolution Report 2018: Status and Emerging Impact to Open Data in Africa

Jean-Paul Van Belle,

In some governments, there is a slow iterative cycle between innovation, adoption, resistance and re-alignment before finally resulting in Open Government Data (OGD) institutionalization and eventual maturity. There is huge diversity between African governments, and each country presents a complex and unique picture. In several African countries, there appears to be genuine political will to open up government-based datasets,…

Bringing justice close: an experiment in accessing justice with technology

Shreya Sen,

Legal empowerment enables poor and marginalized communities to be partners in development and decision-making. New technological tools are one type of innovation that helps legal empowerment groups reach difficult spaces. Nazdeek—a grassroots rights organization focusing on access to justice in India—has been working with tea plantation workers in Assam and slum dwellers in Delhi since…

The Network of Community Defenders for the Right to Health in Guatemala

CEGSS-Centro de Estudios para la Equidad y Gobernanza en los Sistemas de Salud,

In Guatemala, almost half of the total population is indigenous and the majority live in rural areas. Despite progressive laws that recognize the right to health, rural populations face major barriers and discrimination to access healthcare services. Because of this situation, rural communities have organized themselves as “community defenders for the right to health.” This…

Sociedad, derechos y medio ambiente. Estándares internacionales de derechos humanos aplicables al acceso a la información, a la participación pública y al acceso a la justicia

CEPAL, ACNUDH,

En esta publicación, la CEPAL y el ACNUDH ofrecen una recopilación y sistematización de las normas internacionales de derechos humanos aplicables al acceso a la información, a la participación pública y al acceso a la justicia. Esta compilación refleja los criterios establecidos por la normativa internacional y describe cómo estos han sido desarrollados e interpretados…

Acceso a la información, la participación y la justicia en asuntos ambientales en América Latina y el Caribe. Hacia el logro de la Agenda 2030 para el Desarrollo Sostenible

CEPAL,

En este documento se realiza una revisión de las leyes y marcos institucionales que resguardan los derechos de acceso a la información, participación y acceso a la justicia en asuntos ambientales consagrados en el Principio 10 de la Declaración de Río sobre el Medio Ambiente y el Desarrollo en los 33 países de la región,…

Initiatives on Legal Empowerment of the Poor

UNDP,

As part of UNDP’s Initiative on Legal Empowerment of the Poor launched in 2007, this booklet illustrates case studies from legal empowerment projects in six countries: Pakistan, Zambia, Albania, Indonesia, Egypt, and India. These case studies highlight issues such as rent seeking by corrupt officials, employment conditions in the informal economy, and access to legal…

Changeroo: A Strategic Management Approach to Societal Value Creation

Changeroo ,

Changeroo assists organisations, programs and projects with a social mission to develop and manage high-quality Theories of Change. It allows you to together with stakeholders co-create Theories of Change, and to present these in an interactive and engaging way. Changeroo forms the basis for social organisations for impact management, strategic learning, communication, stakeholder engagement, and monitoring…

New Handbook for Environment Justice Practitioners in India

Posted by Namati in Community Paralegals, Environment, Land & Natural Resources, Resources & Research

Handbook on Legal and Administrative Remedies for Community Level Environment Justice Practitioners in India   The Centre for Policy Research-Namati Environmental Justice Program has produced an indispensable new handbook that helps environment justice practitioners in India to identify and use appropriate legal clauses and institutional routes in their work. Environment justice practitioners, or grassroots environment paralegals,…

Groundtruthing – A Journey from Law to Environmental Justice

Posted by Vivek Trivedi in General

“The community actually said that the ‘air is so bad and the water is so bad that we can neither cook nor make tea.’” This line, sobering in its daily reality, was delivered at a recent webinar entitled Building Evidence for Justice – Groundtruthing Environmental Compliance, by Kanchi Kohli, Legal Research Director at the CPR-Namati…

Online Database of Land-based Investment Contracts Invites Innovative Proposals

Posted by Marena Brinkhurst in Environment, Land & Natural Resources, Opportunities

OpenLandContracts.org aims to promote greater transparency of land-based investments, facilitate a better understanding of the contracts that govern them, and provide useful tools for governments, communities, companies, and other stakeholders. Initially launched in October 2015, the repository provides the full text of contracts, as well as plain language summaries of each contract’s key social, environmental, human…

New legal database on community land and natural resource rights

Posted by Marena Brinkhurst in Land & Natural Resources, Legal Empowerment Network, Namati News, Resources & Research

Namati has launched a groundbreaking new tool for lawyers and advocates working to protect community rights to land and natural resources: the Community Land Rights CaseBase. More and more lawyers and front line legal advocates are stepping forward to defend communities’ rights, yet they often struggle to find supportive legal precedent – within their own country or…