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June 21, 2019

Land Law Threatens to Displace and Criminalize Millions in Myanmar

by Namati in General

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…

June 5, 2019

Q&A: Putting law in people’s hands to demand environmental justice in the United States

by Alayna Chuney in Environment

Historically, the U.S. environmental movement has focused on litigation and high-level advocacy. The communities who bear the greatest burden of harm who are mostly poor and of color—have had little opportunity to use the law themselves. In 2018, Namati recruited our first crew of legal empowerment advocates. In 2019, we’re working with this group to…

June 4, 2019

Q&A: Legal empowerment as a beacon for environmental justice in Sierra Leone

by Daniel Sesay in Environment

To spur economic growth, the government of Sierra Leone has been aggressively courting large-scale agriculture and mining investments. These have often led to the exploitation of communities and environmental devastation. Namati supports communities to protect customary land rights, challenge land grabs, remedy environmental harm, and, if they wish, negotiate fair deals with investors. This Q&A…

June 3, 2019

Q&A: How legal empowerment advances environmental justice in India

by Vidya Viswanathan in Environment, General

In India, mining, industrial development, and other private and public projects damage the environment and endanger the livelihoods of local communities. Despite robust laws on the books, there is a very poor record of compliance. Paralegals on the Centre for Policy Research-Namati environmental justice team support communities to understand and use the law to find…

May 28, 2019

Annual Survey Results: 5 Things We Learned About Network Members

by Namati in Global Legal Empowerment Network, Namati News

Each year the Global Legal Empowerment Network conducts a survey to take stock of where our movement is and where we need to go. Over 400 Network members from 80 countries took part in this year’s survey. The results are in, and they are revealing. Here are five big takeaways. 1. Our Network is growing…

May 28, 2019

OPINION: Myanmar is confiscating land that people depend on

by Vivek Maru and Nwe Ni Soe in Community Land Protection, Land & Natural Resources

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 11, 2019

Five Ways Legal Empowerment Efforts Can Improve Maternal Health

by Ellie Feinglass in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Health

Over the past thirty years, we’ve seen massive overall reductions in the numbers of women dying during pregnancy and childbirth. Maternal deaths around the world dropped from an estimated 532,000 in 1990 to 303,000 in 2015. Yet inequalities are growing both between and within countries. In Mozambique, the rate of maternal mortality is among the…

May 1, 2019

Global Report Hails Legal Empowerment as a Force for Justice

by Namati in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, 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 General

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 15, 2019

Namati’s 2018 Annual Report – Now Available

by Namati in General

In 2018 we made major strides in our effort to put the power of law in people’s hands. From January to December, 155 community paralegals working with Namati and our partners supported 19,000+ active clients in 5 countries to address injustices involving land, environment, healthcare, and citizenship. Together, we achieved remedies that directly improved the…

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