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Community Mediation to Promote Human Rights and Change Social Norms: Experience of Nagorik Uddyog

Nagorik Uddyog (NU), a national human rights organization, has been working on community mediation since its establishment in order to improve access to justice at the community level. Over this period, by analyzing social dynamics and traditional justice systems at the community level, NU designed a distinctive community mediation system based on community needs using a holistic approach. When community people, including rural housewives, engaged themselves with this distinctive process, their individual and collective capabilities improved significantly. In turn, with enhanced capabilities, the community mediators, as agents of change, contribute to promote human rights and change social norms.

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Resource Type: Practitioner Resources Issues: Community Paralegals, Generalist Legal Services, Traditional / Customary Justice Tool Type: Case Study Target Population: Rural Method: Mediation & Conflict Resolution, Strengthening Customary Justice Systems Languages: English Regions: Bangladesh