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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…

WASAIDIZI WA KISHERIA KWA AJILI YA HAKI ZA MAZINGIRA

Centre for Policy Research-Namati Environmental Justice Program,

Kituo cha Sera na Utafiti- Mpango wa Haki za Mazingira wa Namati Utangulizi na Maelezo ya Jumla ya Mwongozo wa Utendaji Maeneo mengi ya dunia, bila kujali viwango vyao vya maendeleo ya kiuchumi, yapo katika ukingo wa mgogoro mkali wa kimazingira. Katika maeneo haya, shughuli za miradi ya uzalishaji kama vile mashamba makubwa, uchimbaji madini…

Guide pratique pour les Auxiliaires de Justice Environnementale

Centre for Policy Research-Namati Environmental Justice Program,

Introduction et Aperçu du Guide Pratique De nombreuses parties du monde, quel que soit leur niveau de développement économique, sont sur le point de connaitre de graves crises environnementales. Dans ces régions, les opérations de projets d’extraction comme les plantations de grande envergure, l’exploitation minière et le développement industriel ont réduit voire dégradé le bien-être…

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…

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…

Strengthening Civil Registration and Vital Statistics for Births, Deaths and Causes of Death

World Health Organization (WHO),

This Resource Kit is designed to support countries in planning and implementing improvements to their civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems.

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.

How a Coastal Violation is Leading to a Small Revolution in Karnataka

Posted by Vinod Patgar in Environment

The following blog by CPR-Namati Enviro-Legal Coordinator, Vinod Patgar, originally appeared on myLaw.net. Baad, a village near my village of Kagal in coastal Karnataka, hosts a fair every year at the Shri Kanchika Parameshwari temple. As children, the joy of going to this fair was unparalleled. During the fair, the yakshagana, a folk dance, used…

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…

Bringing Law to Life: Paralegal Interventions in Natural Resource Exploitation

Posted by Sonkita Conteh in Community Paralegals, Land & Natural Resources

Introduction When a diamond mining company closed its operations in Mofuwe Village, in the south of Sierra Leone, it left behind three mined-out pits the size of several football pitches, a collapsed bridge, a blocked stream and an uncompleted community school building. It was as if the villagers woke up one morning and the company…

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…

Talking Health Rights

Posted by Paul McCann in Health

Cacilda Fumo is one of Namati’s health advocates – a compassionate champion of patient rights. At the 1st of May Health Center in Maputo, Mozambique, where HIV and TB patients seek treatment from an over-stretched public health service, she is a regular presence – explaining to people not only how they can stay healthy, but what they can expect…

Using paralegals to fight forced early marriage in Sierra Leone

Posted by Daniel Sesay in Community Paralegals

Early and forced marriage continues to be a widespread and serious problem in post-war Sierra Leone, especially in rural areas. It has become a common practice that abuses the rights of children and girls. Early marriage, also known as child marriage, is the marriage of someone before the age of 18 years. Such marriages are…

OpEd: A Citizenship Sea-Change in Bangladesh

Posted by Bremen Donovan in Citizenship

The Daily Star in Bangladesh printed an OpEd by Namati’s friend Bremen Donovan to coincide with a conference on Statelessness attended by Namati and its partner the Council of Minorities. It is one of the first times the wider Bengali public have been exposed to the work of paralegals from the Urdu-speaking community. The OpED…