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Gender equality: Women’s rights in review 25 years after Beijing

United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women),

September 1995 saw the largest-ever global gathering on gender equality: the United Nations’ Fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing, China. The commitments and actions that Member States agreed that year in the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action remain our most comprehensive and transformative agenda for gender equality and the empowerment of women and…

Why is the resolution rate of confiscated land slowing down in the last few years? (English)

Tim Millar, Sung Chin Par,

The government of Myanmar, under two separate administrations, has been working to resolve land grabs since 2012. Namati, partners, and community paralegals they deploy have been working on land grab cases since 2013. Paralegals collect granular data on every case they support and Namati collects, stores, and analyses this data. This data shows that the…

Why is the resolution rate of confiscated land slowing down in the last few years? (Burmese)

Tim Millar, Sung Chin Par,

The government of Myanmar, under two separate administrations, has been working to resolve land grabs since 2012. Namati, partners, and community paralegals they deploy have been working on land grab cases since 2013. Paralegals collect granular data on every case they support and Namati collects, stores, and analyses this data. This data shows that the…

Estado del ODS 16.3 sobre acceso a la justicia en Chile: avances y desafíos para la justicia ambiental

Fiscalía del Medio Ambiente (FIMA),

En julio de 2019, el Objetivo 16 fue por primera vez sometido a una revisión temática especial ante el HLPF, junto con otros 5 objetivos (4, 8, 10, 13 y 17). En esta ocasión, 50 países se ofrecieron a informar voluntariamente sus avances, entre ellos, Chile que lo hizo por segunda vez. De este modo,…

Closing the Enforcement Gap: A community-led groundtruthing of the expansion of a National Highway in Uttara Kannada

Centre for Policy Research - Namati Environmental Justice Program,

In 2011, the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) proposed the widening and upgrading of the existing National Highway (NH) 17, renaming it NH-66 in the process. It is mentioned in the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report and in the Environmental Management Plan (EMP) that the construction of the highway will reduce traffic, fuel consumption…

Making the Law Count: Environment Justice Stories on Community Paralegal Work in India (Version 2)

Centre for Policy Research (CPR) - Namati Environmental Justice Program,

Across the world, poor communities bear a disproportionate burden of the environmental cost of development. Harmful projects such as polluting industrial units, municipal disposal sites or mining projects are usually situated close to poor neighborhoods. These communities grapple on a daily basis with environmental impacts which exposes them to toxic contamination, adversely affect their livelihoods…

The Challenge of Protecting Community Land Rights: An Investigation into Community Responses to Requests for Land and Resources (Executive Summary)

Namati,

From 2009 until 2015, Namati and its partners Centro Terra Viva (CTV) in Mozambique, Land and Equity Movement in Uganda (LEMU), and Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) in Liberia supported more than 100 communities to document and protect their customary land rights. In late 2017, Namati evaluated the impacts the process had on communities’ responses to…

Capacitation juridique et fabrique de l’État de droit. Étude sur le droit du développement

Ismaïla Sall , l’Université de Poitiers,

English abstract below La capacitation juridique ou Legal Empowerment est une déclinaison dans le droit en général, et dans le droit international des droits de l’Homme en particulier, du concept d’Empowerment qui désigne lui-même les processus ou les mécanismes par lesquels des individus, des organisations ou des communautés sociales de « pays en voie de…

Agenda de Fortalecimiento de la Sociedad Civil Organizada

Ana Cristina Gómez López, Marcela Nieto Sarre, María de los Ángeles Olvera Ortega,

La sociedad civil organizada (SCO) tiene un papel fundamental en un país como México en el que más del 50% de la población vive en situación de pobreza y tan sólo el 10% concentra el 64% de la riqueza; en donde el acceso a servicios educativos y de salud de calidad es sumamente desigual; y…

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…

The Slow Burn of Justice, the Power of Research

Posted by Adrian Di Giovanni in General, Global Legal Empowerment Network, Resources & Research

The Slow Burn of Justice, the Power of Research By Adrian Di Giovanni, Senior Program Specialist, Law & Development at International Development Research Centre The slow burn of justice. In launching the “Resisting Injustice” blog series, Namati has evoked the powerful image of the arc of history bending towards justice and, in the process, a long…

Streamlining Institutions to Restore Land and Justice to Farmers in Myanmar

Posted by Namati in Land & Natural Resources, Namati News, Resources & Research

A new policy brief has been released emphasizing the need for the Myanmar government to put in place simple, transparent mechanisms to ensure that land and justice is restored to farmers who were dispossessed of their livelihoods without due process or compensation.  According to the Parliamentary Land Investigation Committee, more than 500,000 acres of land in Myanmar…

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…

Myanmar faces fresh hurdle in land rights and justice

Posted by Caitlin Pierce in Land & Natural Resources

Download Namati’s report Returns of Grabbed Land in Myanmar: Progress After Two Years (in English or Burmese) UMyint Tun was working in his field in Sagaing when four officers pulled up in a military jeep with the bad news: his land now belonged to the government. He could no longer farm it. This was April…

New legal database on community land and natural resource rights

Posted by Marena Brinkhurst in Global Legal Empowerment Network, Land & Natural Resources, 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…