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September 23, 2019

Namati’s Accelerated Action for Justice: Building a movement for legal empowerment

by Vivek Trivedi in Advocacy & Systemic Change, Global Legal Empowerment Network

When the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted, 193 countries made a commitment: to provide access to justice for all. But for years, progress has been slow, and grassroots justice organizations remain underfunded and under threat. 5.1 billion people –  two thirds of the population – cannot meaningfully access justice. Over the last 10 years,…

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….

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…

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 demands to delay the rollout of the controversial system. This is after waves of pressure from civil society organizations, including our partners at Nubian Rights Forum and Haki…

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…

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…

November 5, 2018

The Land Rights Act victory in Liberia means the work has just begun

by Rachael Knight and Ali Kaba in Advocacy & Systemic Change, Community Land Protection, Land & Natural Resources

In September, Liberia passed the long-awaited Land Rights bill into law, representing a major victory for community land rights, but the work has only just begun. This new op-ed in PLACE by Namati’s Rachael Knight and Ali Kaba of the Sustainable Development Institute highlights key provisions of the new law and calls for a nation-wide…

September 25, 2018

Help Us Demand Justice For All at the United Nations

by Vivek Maru, Namati CEO in Advocacy & Systemic Change, Global Legal Empowerment Network, Post-2015 Agenda

We live in challenging times. While the movement for legal empowerment is stronger than ever, so are the forces working to stymie access to justice across the globe. Today, we have a unique opportunity to change that, by making justice for all a central issue for world leaders gathered at the UN General Assembly. We…