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Illustrated Cases of the Supreme Court of India

Justice Adda and Manupatra,

The Supreme Court of India has pioneered some landmark judgments in the area of environmental law, labour reform, gender and sexuality, issues of public duty, child rights and many others.The purpose of this project is to translate and produce cases in a language that is easy to understand, use and share. It is an endeavour…

Manual de Seguridad Social para trabajadores agricolas y sus familiares (2015)

Profesionales para la Auditoria Social y Empresarial (PASE),

Este material educativo de enseñanza popular recopila un amplio resumen de la Ley de Seguridad Social en Nicaragua y su Reglamento de aplicación. Este documento intenta sintetizar de manera practica y sencilla la información básica e importante que necesitan conocer las personas aseguradas y pensionadas para acceder a los derechos y beneficios que establece el…

Securing Community Land and Resource Rights in Africa: A Guide to Legal Reform and Best Practices

Janet Pritchard, Feja Lesniewska, Tom Lomax, Saskia Ozinga, Cynthia More,

This guide, produced by FERN, the Forest Peoples Programme (FPP), ClientEarth and the Centre for Environment and Development (CED), explains key aspects of law and land rights that are important for securing community ownership and control of land and resources – also referred to as secure land and resource tenure. It explains how to identify and…

Resource Kit on Indigenous Peoples’ Issues

Secretariat of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues,

This Kit focuses on development and indigenous peoples, with emphasis on their full and effective participation in all development processes and the need for a genuine partnership in—and ownership with them—of these processes . More specifically, it is designed to provide UNCTs (United Nations Country Teams) with guidance as to how to engage indigenous peoples and include their perspectives…

The Challenge of Food Security: ‘Land Grabbing’

Lorenzo Cotula,

“Land Grabbing’ is a chapter from the book, The Challenge of Food Security (Edward Elgar 2012), which provides an analysis of national and international law, calls for more robust legal safeguards, and for efforts to strengthen local capacity to exercise rights.

A Guide to Personal Security for Human Rights Defenders: Facilitators’ Edition

Bridges Across Borders Cambodia,

Across the world, human rights defenders routinely face intimidation, threats, false prosecution and deprivation of liberty, and, in some cases, violent attack or even murder. Powerful actors routinely use these strategies to break movements and spread fear amongst activists. The work of human rights defenders is vital, and it is because of this work that…

A Guide to Personal Security for Human Rights Defenders: Participants’ Edition

Bridges Across Borders Cambodia ,

Across the world, human rights defenders routinely face intimidation, threats, false prosecution and deprivation of liberty, and, in some cases, violent attack or even murder. Powerful actors routinely use these strategies to break movements and spread fear amongst activists. The work of human rights defenders is vital, and it is because of this work that…

Chapter: Involving Government Officials in the Community Land Protection Process

Namati,

A chapter from the Guide that explains the importance of involving government officials in community land protection efforts and includes recommendations about how to effectively engage government stakeholders.

Chapter: The Art of Good Facilitation

Namati,

A chapter from the Guide that describes why good facilitation is key to the success of community land protection efforts and provides practical tips on how to improve facilitation skills.

Women and Power: Mediating Community Justice in Rural Bangladesh

Craig Valters, Ferdous Jahan,

In rural Bangladesh, women have historically been excluded from participating in traditional justice, rarely even attending even their own hearings. The state, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and women leaders have been working towards changing this situation for the better.

Saving Sangam from Mining

Posted by Vijay Rathod in Environment

The following post originally appeared on India Water Portal. There was illegal mining in the Triveni Sangam and I could not believe my eyes. Who could do something like this? The sangam, or confluence of rivers, in the Gujarat district of India, has a special place in my mind as I had grown up visiting…

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 / Grassroots Legal Advocates, 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 Governance, 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…

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