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…
Norwegian Refugee Council ,
This update provides an overview of the legal requirements for getting married and for marriage registration, particularly as it affects refugees in Lebanon.
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.
La presente guía ha sido desarrollada en el marco de la consultoría “Formación de formadores para mediadores en derecho civil y de familia en Nicaragua” para el programa EUROsociAL II, en cooperación con la Conferencia de Ministros de Justicia de los Países Iberoamericanos (COMJIB) y la Dirección de la Resolución Alterna de Conflictos (DIRAC) de…
Namati and Open Society Justice Initiative, in cooperation with UNHCR,
Today, 1.1 billion people around the world lack legal identity documentation. Without it, they cannot vote, access healthcare, or go to school—and are at risk of becoming stateless. Entire communities—especially the poor and members of minority groups—may lack documentation, leaving them legally and politically invisible. The lack of effective citizenship prevents millions from realizing their…
Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative ,
Asylum Seekers and refugees often get detained for lack of proper knowledge and the ambiguity of existing law with regard to their protection in India. This guidebook provides pertinent information for prison officers on laws and provisions governing their stay, detention and determination of status in India.
Plan International ,
The BRiE toolkit will support the preparation, analysis, design, and testing of birth registration interventions pre and post emergency. By completing all the toolkit steps, you will walk away with a community-based BRIE model that is proven and ready for scale.
United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees (UNHCR),
UNHCR issues this Handbook pursuant to its mandate responsibilities to address statelessness. UNHCR’s responsibilities extend to the identification, prevention and reduction of statelessness, and the protection of stateless persons.
The Advocacy Toolkit is applicable for all levels of the organization as a resource for building a structured approach for sustained advocacy. The tools are particularly relevant for UNICEF country offices and national committees, but its content will also be valuable to anyone who wants to expand their understanding of the human rights-based approach to advocacy and how this approach is applied.
Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion, Delfina Lawson, Macarena Rodriguez ,
Following a flawed interpretation of nationality requirements in the Constitution, between 1995 and 2014 the State of Chile denied nationality to at least 4,000 children born in the country, based solely on their parents’ irregular migratory status. This brief describes the litigation process, and some of the challenges that still remain in Chile for the complete eradication of statelessness.
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…
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,…
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…
Posted by Paul McCann in Citizenship
Kibera, reputedly Africa’s largest informal settlement, is not an easy place to find your way around. In this story and photo gallery Namati’s partner, the Nubian Rights Forum, introduce us to the crowded lanes that are home to their community. We meet some of their clients, Kenyan Nubians struggling with a discriminatory system that makes it…
Posted by Manju Menon, Kanchi Kohli and Meenakshi Kapoor in Environment
Since November 2014 there have been at least four amendments to India’s Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) Notification, 2011. In all but one instance, the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has emphasised on the “public interest” clause, allowing the dispensation of the requirement of a public notice and seeking citizen’s inputs before the…
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…