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Promoting Greater Protection for Environmental Defenders

United Nations Environment ,

This policy proposes how UN Environment can promote greater protection for individuals and groups who are defending their environmental rights, and identifies solutions to mitigate the abuse of environmental rights which affects a growing number of people in many parts of the world.

Application of the Freedom of Information Act 2011 in the Nigerian Petroleum Sector

Barr. Chima Williams,

This resource is prepared to give an insight into the Nigerian Freedom of Information Act 2011 and how it can be deployed in prying open the enclosed Nigerian Petroleum sector which has been roundly declared as being opaque and thereby encouraging the non transparent and accountable practices in the sector. With the recommendations made, it…

La nueva justicia penal en México: Avances palpables y retos persistentes

World Justice Project ,

It has been 10 years since, in 2008, Mexico approved a constitutional reform with the aim of drastically transforming the criminal justice system. The adversarial accusatory system promised increased transparency, accountability, and stronger protections for victims and those accused of crimes. The eight-year term established in the Constitution for the 32 states to transition to…

Leveraging the SDGs for Inclusive Growth: Delivering Access to Justice for All

Open Society Foundations , OECD,

Access to justice is integral to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and inclusive growth. An estimated four billion people around the world live outside the protection of the law, mostly because they are poor or marginalized within their societies. They can be easily cheated by employers, driven from their land, preyed upon by the…

Towards Inclusive Growth – Access to Justice: Supporting People-Focused Justice Services

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development,

Countries around the world are taking steps to promote access to justice and modernise functions and capacities of legal and justice services in order to support inclusive growth, tackle inequality and poverty and foster good governance. Yet multiple challenges exist. The OECD contributes to improving and understanding access to justice and people-focused legal and justice…

Birth Registration in Emergencies: A Review of Best Practices in Humanitarian Action

Plan International ,

Registering a birth is the first legal acknowledgement of a child’s existence; without proof of identity a child is invisible to the authorities. In many countries a birth certificate is a key document to gain access to basic services and to exercise fundamental human rights. In emergency situations, a child´s vulnerability to abuse is very…

Child Protection Issue Brief: Birth Registration

UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR),

This briefing note outlines key actions that can be taken by UNCHR and its partners to ensure access to birth registration for all children.

A Passport to Protection: A Guide to Birth Registration Programming

UNICEF,

This handbook provides those working on birth registration with the background, general principles and programming process. The guide is divided into three main chapters: Understanding birth registration in the context of civil registration sets the scene for the rest of the guide, discussing why birth registration matters in the lives of children. It provides an…

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…

Manual de políticas públicas para el acceso a la justicia

United Nations Development Programme ,

La región latinoamericana cuenta con un sinnúmero de experiencias exitosas en materia de acceso a la justicia, aunque en la mayoría de los casos se trata de experiencias puntuales que no han sido traducidas en políticas públicas. El PNUD ha querido relevar y sistematizar estas experiencias, en el entendido de que América Latina debe capitalizar…

Myanmar’s Foray into Deliberative Democracy: Citizen Participation in Resolving Historical Land Grabs

Posted by Namati in Advocacy & Systemic Change, Land & Natural Resources, Namati News, Resources & Research

Namati and a coalition of non-governmental representatives have published a policy brief on the committees tasked with overseeing the investigations of Myanmar’s historical land grab cases. It is hoped the brief will help strengthen the implementation of the committees, making them more responsive to the lived experience of ordinary Myanmar citizens trying to secure their land…

How One Experience in Bangladesh Advanced Women’s Rights Work in Myanmar

Posted by Nant Thi Thi Oo in Gender, Global Legal Empowerment Network

The following is a blog by Nant Thi Thi Oo, a data entry associate with Namati’s program in Myanmar.    In November 2015, I had the chance to participate in a learning exchange hosted by Namati and the Bangladesh National Woman Lawyers Association (BNWLA). I was very grateful to be selected to go. The exchange focused…

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,…

Why Norway Should Lead a Global Fund for Legal Empowerment

Posted by Vivek Maru in Advocacy & Systemic Change, Community Paralegals, Post-2015 Agenda

This article was originally published in the Norwegian news outlet Aftenposten, on August 12, 2016. The Norwegian version can be read here.    Since World War II many countries have come to respect fundamental liberties, at least by the letter of the law. But for billions of people around the world those laws aren’t worth…

Liberia is at a crossroads: recognising land rights can safeguard against violence

Posted by Jennifer Duncan and Jaron Vogelsang in Advocacy & Systemic Change, Community Land Protection, Land & Natural Resources

This article was originally published by Thompson Reuters Foundation.   The government of Liberia has an unprecedented opportunity to pass progressive land reform legislation that could positively impact millions of people, but the window of opportunity is rapidly closing. If Liberia’s legislature doesn’t vote to adopt the draft Land Rights Act before it goes on recess…

Four Ways Regional Bodies Can Help Deliver SDG Justice Commitments

Posted by Temitayo O. Peters, Global Legal Advocacy Fellow, Namati in Post-2015 Agenda

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) differ from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in many ways. Unlike the MDGs, the SDGs universally apply to all countries, and are holistic and integrated. Moreover, their delivery is to be achieved by governments, civil society, and the private sector working together to achieve their success. The SDGs also recognize…

India’s National Green Tribunal Sets an Important Precedent

Posted by Krithika Dinesh, Manju Menon, and Kanchi Kohli in Environment

A Casual Approach  By taking on board the concerns of a fishing community in Hazira, India, regarding the construction of a port, the National Green Tribunal has set an important precedent. I n 2013, a fishermen’s group in Hazira—the Hazira Machimar Samiti—and three affected fishermen had filed a petition against the Adanis, the project proponent…

Namati contributes to FAO Technical Guide on legal dimensions of responsible governance of tenure

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

The latest technical guide on the responsible governance of tenure from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) focuses on the legal dimensions of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure for Land, Fisheries and Forests at the national level. Rachael Knight, Director of Namati’s Community Land Protection Program, was one of the main authors…

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…

Videos on Community Land Protection

Posted by Rachael Knight in Community Land Protection, Namati News

Namati is thrilled to release four new videos that illustrate our approach to Community Land Protection. The first video is an overview of our approach, while the second and third videos describe the challenging work of making maps, resolving land conflicts, harmonizing boundaries with neighbors, drafting by-laws to ensure just and equitable governance, and electing diverse…

Call for New Partners: Community Land Protection

Posted by Marena Brinkhurst in Community Land Protection, Environment, Namati News

Namati is looking for new partners to adapt our approach to support communities in their regions. Drawing on five years of research and field-testing, Namati and our partners have designed a powerful four-step process for protecting community lands and natural resources. Our approach supports communities to map their resources, harmonize boundaries, and formally register their…