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June 21, 2019

Land Law Threatens to Displace and Criminalize Millions in Myanmar

by Namati in Advocacy & Systemic Change, Land & Natural Resources, Namati News, Resources & Research

Myanmar is being threatened with a land grab on a massive scale. In September 2018, Myanmar’s parliament, led by Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party, passed an amendment to the Vacant, Fallow and Virgin (VFV) Lands Management Law, requiring anyone occupying land classified as “vacant, fallow, or virgin” to apply for 30-year…

May 28, 2019

OPINION: Myanmar is confiscating land that people depend on

by Vivek Maru and Nwe Ni Soe in Advocacy & Systemic Change, Community Land Protection, Land & Natural Resources, Namati News, Resources & Research

In Thompson Reuters, Namati’s Vivek Maru and Nwe Ni Soe describe how Myanmar’s Vacant, Fallow, or Virgin land law is leading to a land grab on a massive scale across the country. Millions who depend on the land risk displacement and imprisonment under this new draconian law. Our recent survey of farmers in affected areas…

May 1, 2019

Global Report Hails Legal Empowerment as a Force for Justice

by Namati in Advocacy & Systemic Change, Community Paralegals, Global Legal Empowerment Network, Namati News, Post-2015 Agenda, Resources & Research

Our community fought hard to make justice part of the Sustainable Development Goals. But world governments have not backed their words with action. In many places, injustice is growing and justice systems are getting worse. On our current trajectory, the historic commitment in the SDGs to achieve “access to justice for all” could die as…

March 19, 2019

New collection of essays on access to justice in the US

by Vivek Maru in General, Resources & Research

The current issue of Daedalus—which is the journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences—focuses on access to justice in the US. All the articles are currently available for free download here. See for example this provocative framing essay by Rebecca Sandefur, which draws on years of research by her and others. Dr. Sandefur…

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…

January 29, 2019

The World’s First Book on Community Paralegals

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

I am thrilled to share a new book with you: Community Paralegals and the Pursuit of Justice. Community paralegals demystify law and empower people to advocate for themselves. They are at the heart of our movement for justice. But they have been largely ignored by scholars and writers. This book starts to fill that void….

January 21, 2019

New brief makes the case to fund and protect justice defenders

by Namati in Advocacy & Systemic Change, Community Paralegals, Global Legal Empowerment Network, Namati News, Post-2015 Agenda, Resources & Research

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” These words from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ring true today. Especially when justice defenders themselves are at risk. Today, on MLK Day, Namati and the Justice For All campaign are launching a policy brief that offers recommendations on how governments, donors, and multilateral institutions can finance…

September 18, 2018

Bad-Faith Contracts & Unjust Investments – How can communities protect their interests?

by Rachael Knight & Kaitlin Cordes in Community Land Protection, Community Paralegals, Land & Natural Resources, Namati News, Resources & Research

Deciding whether or not to allow an investor to use community lands and natural resources is one of the most important decisions a community can make. Namati and the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI) have published two new guides to help communities prepare for interactions with investors and, if they so wish, negotiate fair, equitable contracts….

September 5, 2018

New Guides Help Communities to Negotiate Fair Contracts with Investors

by Namati, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment in Environment, Land & Natural Resources, Namati News, Resources & Research

WASHINGTON, DC — With investors increasingly turning to more remote locations for the establishment of forestry, agribusiness, mining, and infrastructure projects, it is critical that communities worldwide gain a practical understanding of contract negotiations, according to two new guides by Namati and the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI).   Launched today, the Community-Investor Negotiation…

August 31, 2018

Paralegals share lessons learned on holding community legal trainings

by Centre for Policy Research-Namati in Community Paralegals, Environment, Land & Natural Resources, Resources & Research An enviro-legal coordinator holds a community legal training in Kasalagadde, India.

Paralegals with Namati and the Centre for Policy Research’s joint environmental justice program (who are called ‘enviro-legal coordinators’ or ELCs for short) have now conducted close to 75 community trainings on India’s Coastal Regulation Zone Notification in Uttara Kannada district. Last month, one of the program’s senior managers, Meenakshi Kapoor, held calls with senior ELCs…