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September 5, 2019

Namati joins 125 groups in condemning India’s exclusion of 1.9 million people from the Assam National Registry of Citizens

by McKinley Charles in Advocacy & Systemic Change, Citizenship

On 31 August 2019, India published the final version of the National Register of Citizens, a list which effectively strips nearly 2 million people in the state of Assam of their citizenship. Namati has joined 125 civil society organizations in condemning the decision and calling for urgent action to protect everyone’s right to a nationality….

April 25, 2019

Stopping the Digital ID Register in Kenya – A Stand Against Discrimination

by Mustafa Mahmoud in Advocacy & Systemic Change, Citizenship, Namati News

On April 1, the High Court of Kenya heard arguments challenging the legality of the National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS), popularly known as Huduma Namba, and calling for interim orders to delay the rollout of the system. This is after waves of pressure from civil society organizations, including our partners the Nubian Rights Forum…

April 17, 2019

A Father Without an Identity – Samson’s Story

by Namati in Citizenship, Community Paralegals

The first time Samson tried to get his identity card, he was 19. He and his friend went to the registrar’s office where they were both asked to “give something small” (a bribe) if that wanted to be attended to. His friend complied, but Samson did not have any money. A few weeks later, he…

March 5, 2019

Guía para Trabajadores Comunitarios Cómo Documentar la Nacionalidad y Otras Formas de Identidad Jurídica

by Namati in Citizenship, Resources & Research

¿Cómo pueden las y los paralegales, promotores/as comunitarios o asistentes legales y otras personas trabajando desde las comunidades abordar los desafíos en materia de derechos a la nacionalidad o ciudadanía y la documentación de la identidad jurídica que más de mil millones de personas alrededor del mundo enfrentan? Esta es la pregunta que la Guía…

February 26, 2019

Case Filed to Stop New Digital ID Register in Kenya

by Mustafa Mahmoud in Advocacy & Systemic Change, Citizenship, Namati News

On the 18th of February 2019, the government of Kenya rolled out the National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS), more popularly known as Huduma Namba (Swahili for “Service Number”). The system is intended to create and operate a national population register as a single source of information about citizens and foreign residents. It has been…

June 27, 2018

New Paralegal Practitioner’s Guide on Citizenship Rights

by Namati in Citizenship, Community Paralegals, Namati News, Resources & Research

Around the world, 1.1 billion people lack legal identity documentation, such as birth certificates, ID cards, and passports that can help prove their nationality or entitlement to citizenship. Without proof of citizenship, these individuals cannot vote, access health care, or go to school. Some are even left stateless or at risk of becoming so. Citizenship is…

May 6, 2018

Twenty-Nine Years Without an Identity

by Namati in Citizenship, Community Paralegals Identity card Kenya

The pickpocketer was fast. In the blink of an eye, Mahmoud’s wallet was gone. He lost the cash that was in it, his driving license and—worst of all—his identity card. Without an ID card in Kenya, you cannot vote. You cannot open a bank account or get a loan. You cannot gain admission to school…

April 27, 2018

Join a Learning Exchange on Citizenship Rights

by Namati in Citizenship, Community Paralegals, Global Legal Empowerment Network, Namati News, Opportunities

The greatest tool we have to tackle the world’s most pressing justice issues is each other. Sharing successes and challenges can help shape and strengthen our work, and in the process, the whole movement grows. That’s why we’re excited to offer this important opportunity. From October 7 – 19 in Kenya, the Global Legal Empowerment Network…

January 12, 2018

TED Talk: How to Put the Power of Law in People’s Hands

by Namati in Citizenship, Community Paralegals, Environment, General, Global Legal Empowerment Network

In August, Namati’s CEO and founder, Vivek Maru, spoke about the global epidemic of injustice from the TEDGlobal stage in Arusha — and proposed a way to fight it together. TED has now added the video recording of the talk to their website. Within four days, almost half a million people from around the world had…

June 19, 2017

Nationality Rights of the Nubian Child – Namati and Partners Submit a Policy Brief to ACERWC

by Namati in Advocacy & Systemic Change, Citizenship

On March 22, 2011, the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) found Kenya to be in violation of the African Children’s Rights Charter. The case and verdict were based on the discriminatory rules and practices applied to Nubian children that denied them formal recognition of their Kenyan nationality. Without…