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Covid-19: To leave the crisis behind, rights must come first

Asociación Civil por la Igualdad y la Justicia (ACIJ), Alianza Sierra Madre, A.C., Amazon Frontlines, Abogados y Abogadas del Noroeste Argentino en Derechos Humanos y Estudios Sociales (ANDHES), Asociación Scalabriniana al Servicio de la Movilidad Humana (ASCALA), Asylum Access, Asylum Access México, Centro de Estudios para la Equidad y Gobernanza en los Sistemas de Salud (CEGSS), Centro para una Justicia Igualitaria y Popular (CEJIP), CIVITIC (Red Universitaria de Estudios Urbanos de Ecuador), Comité de Familiares de Migrantes Fallecidos y Desaparecidos de El Salvador (COFAMIDE), Coordinadora por los Derechos de la Infancia y la Adolescencia (CDIA), CoopeSoLiDar R.L. (SOLIDAR), Corporación Justicia y Libertad (CJL), Derecho, Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (DAR), Escuela para Defensoras en Derechos Humanos y Ambientales Benita Galeana A. C., ONG FIMA, FLACSO Ecuador (Departamento de Estudios Políticos), Fundación CONSTRUIR, Fundación MARKANI, Fundación Para la Justicia y el Estado Democrático de Derecho, Fundeps, Grupo de Monitoreo Independiente de El Salvador (GMIES), Hackeando al Machismo, Instituto de Defesa do Direito de Defesa (IDDD), Instituto de Liderazgo Simone de Beauvoir A.C. (ILSB), Instituto Latinoamericano para una Sociedad y un Derecho Alternativos (ILSA), JUSTICE FOR ALL, Laboratorio de Diseño para la Justicia / The Access to Justice Design Lab (A2J Design Lab), TECHO, Themis – Gênero, Justiça, Direitos Humanos,

In the face of the COVID-19 global pandemic, the signatory organizations to this statement, members of the Global Legal Empowerment Network in Latin America, call on our states, the private sector, local governments, international organizations, and other relevant authorities to guarantee the rights of vulnerable populations and to prevent this situation from deepening the already…

Covid-19: Para dejar la crisis atrás, los derechos deben ir adelante

Asociación Civil por la Igualdad y la Justicia (ACIJ), Alianza Sierra Madre, A.C., Amazon Frontlines, Abogados y Abogadas del Noroeste Argentino en Derechos Humanos y Estudios Sociales (ANDHES), Asociación Scalabriniana al Servicio de la Movilidad Humana (ASCALA), Asylum Access, Asylum Access México, Centro de Estudios para la Equidad y Gobernanza en los Sistemas de Salud (CEGSS), Centro para una Justicia Igualitaria y Popular (CEJIP), CIVITIC (Red Universitaria de Estudios Urbanos de Ecuador), Comité de Familiares de Migrantes Fallecidos y Desaparecidos de El Salvador (COFAMIDE), Coordinadora por los Derechos de la Infancia y la Adolescencia (CDIA), CoopeSoLiDar R.L. (SOLIDAR), Corporación Justicia y Libertad (CJL), Derecho, Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (DAR), Escuela para Defensoras en Derechos Humanos y Ambientales Benita Galeana A. C., ONG FIMA, FLACSO Ecuador (Departamento de Estudios Políticos), Fundación CONSTRUIR, Fundación MARKANI, Fundación Para la Justicia y el Estado Democrático de Derecho, Fundeps, Grupo de Monitoreo Independiente de El Salvador (GMIES), Hackeando al Machismo, Instituto de Defesa do Direito de Defesa (IDDD), Instituto de Liderazgo Simone de Beauvoir A.C. (ILSB), Instituto Latinoamericano para una Sociedad y un Derecho Alternativos (ILSA), JUSTICE FOR ALL, Laboratorio de Diseño para la Justicia / The Access to Justice Design Lab (A2J Design Lab), TECHO, Themis – Gênero, Justiça, Direitos Humanos,

Las organizaciones firmantes en este pronunciamiento, miembros de la Red Global de Empoderamiento Jurídico en Latinoamérica, solicitamos a nuestros Estados, al sector privado, gobiernos locales, organismos internacionales, y demás autoridades competentes que ante la pandemia global del COVID-19, garanticen los derechos de los grupos especialmente vulnerables y eviten que esta situación profundice las desigualdades existentes…

Gender equality: Women’s rights in review 25 years after Beijing

United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women),

September 1995 saw the largest-ever global gathering on gender equality: the United Nations’ Fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing, China. The commitments and actions that Member States agreed that year in the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action remain our most comprehensive and transformative agenda for gender equality and the empowerment of women and…

Why is the resolution rate of confiscated land slowing down in the last few years? (English)

Tim Millar, Sung Chin Par,

The government of Myanmar, under two separate administrations, has been working to resolve land grabs since 2012. Namati, partners, and community paralegals they deploy have been working on land grab cases since 2013. Paralegals collect granular data on every case they support and Namati collects, stores, and analyses this data. This data shows that the…

Why is the resolution rate of confiscated land slowing down in the last few years? (Burmese)

Tim Millar, Sung Chin Par,

The government of Myanmar, under two separate administrations, has been working to resolve land grabs since 2012. Namati, partners, and community paralegals they deploy have been working on land grab cases since 2013. Paralegals collect granular data on every case they support and Namati collects, stores, and analyses this data. This data shows that the…

Estado del ODS 16.3 sobre acceso a la justicia en Chile: avances y desafíos para la justicia ambiental

Fiscalía del Medio Ambiente (FIMA),

En julio de 2019, el Objetivo 16 fue por primera vez sometido a una revisión temática especial ante el HLPF, junto con otros 5 objetivos (4, 8, 10, 13 y 17). En esta ocasión, 50 países se ofrecieron a informar voluntariamente sus avances, entre ellos, Chile que lo hizo por segunda vez. De este modo,…

Closing the Enforcement Gap: A community-led groundtruthing of the expansion of a National Highway in Uttara Kannada

Centre for Policy Research - Namati Environmental Justice Program,

In 2011, the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) proposed the widening and upgrading of the existing National Highway (NH) 17, renaming it NH-66 in the process. It is mentioned in the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report and in the Environmental Management Plan (EMP) that the construction of the highway will reduce traffic, fuel consumption…

Making the Law Count: Environment Justice Stories on Community Paralegal Work in India (Version 2)

Centre for Policy Research (CPR) - Namati Environmental Justice Program,

Across the world, poor communities bear a disproportionate burden of the environmental cost of development. Harmful projects such as polluting industrial units, municipal disposal sites or mining projects are usually situated close to poor neighborhoods. These communities grapple on a daily basis with environmental impacts which exposes them to toxic contamination, adversely affect their livelihoods…

Capacitation juridique et fabrique de l’État de droit. Étude sur le droit du développement

Ismaïla Sall , l’Université de Poitiers,

English abstract below La capacitation juridique ou Legal Empowerment est une déclinaison dans le droit en général, et dans le droit international des droits de l’Homme en particulier, du concept d’Empowerment qui désigne lui-même les processus ou les mécanismes par lesquels des individus, des organisations ou des communautés sociales de « pays en voie de…

It takes legal empowerment to solve the housing crisis

Posted by Denis Kimathi in Global Legal Empowerment Network, Namati News

In this blog, the authors argue that the global housing problems are a denial of justice and legal empowerment is a solution to this injustice. According to the authors, resolving the housing injustice starts with empowering people and communities to know, use and shape the law. At a time when 1 in 4 people globally…

The Role of Law Firms in Increasing Access to Justice Globally

Posted by Sara Andrews in General

The Role of Law Firms in Increasing Access to Justice Globally By Sara Andrews, Senior International Pro Bono Counsel and Assistant Director, New Perimeter Do private sector lawyers have a role to play in increasing access to justice for people who cannot afford legal representation around the world? Based on recent events, the answer appears to…

Financing Justice – an article by Namati’s CEO in Foreign Policy

Posted by Namati in Advocacy & Systemic Change, General, Namati News, Post-2015 Agenda

The law should be accessible to everyone. The international community agreed to this when they adopted the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but the funding needed to make it a reality has not materialized. With authoritarianism on the rise worldwide, finding a solution to the funding gap is now more critical than ever. Namati’s CEO, Vivek…

Launching the “Resisting Injustice” Blog Series

Posted by Namati in General, Namati News

It’s been hard to watch the news recently. With the growing refugee crisis, rise of populism, increase in vigilante justice, and birth of “alternative facts”, the legal empowerment community is facing huge challenges all around the world. Key allies who have helped support and finance access to justice seem to be turning away. But we…

The Economist: “Poor Law – The Rise of Paralegals”

Posted by The Economist in Community Paralegals, General

GODFREY EBREYU has a captive audience, in every sense. A throng of inmates has gathered in the prison yard in Gulu, northern Uganda, as he explains the intricacies of plea-bargaining. Like 55% of prisoners in Uganda, these men are awaiting trial; some have been here for years. They are still asking questions when, at four…

2016 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship – Namati and the Global Network named as recipients

Posted by Namati in Community Paralegals, Namati News

We are pleased to announce that Namati and the Global Legal Empowerment Network are among the recipients of the 2016 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. According to the Skoll Foundation, the award is presented to leaders or organizations that are disrupting the status quo, driving large-scale “equilibrium” change, and are poised to create even greater…

Leveraging the Law Is the New Way to Help the World’s Poor

Posted by Take Part Media in Community Paralegals, Environment, Land & Natural Resources

The role that community paralegals play in supporting and protecting coastal communities in southern India is explored in this feature by TakePart media. Read the full story here.  

President Koroma Declared ‘Honorary Paralegal’ as he Launches Legal Aid Board

Posted by Daniel Sesay in General

President Koroma of Sierra Leone has strongly committed his government’s support to legal aid and the work of paralegals. He made the announcement during the formal launch of the legal aid board that Namati helped bring into existence in Freetown on Thursday 19th November 2015. Namati and other civil society groups advocated for the passage of the…

Recommendations for addressing bribery in the health sector

Posted by Namati Mozambique in Health

Namati Mozambique has produced an essential guide for patients and specialist on how to avoid bribery in the Mozambican health sector. The guide contains a series of recommendations for both policy and practice focused on the identification, prevention and combat of bribery in the health sector in Mozambique. It is a practical tool that can be used by patients,…

India’s Quest for Power

Posted by Kanchi Kohli in Environment

Namati’s Kanchi Kohli on how India’s ‘balance’ of industrialisation and ecological protection actually looks at the ground level. “The lives of people living in coastal or forest ecosystems are likely to change drastically if one is to go by the number of power plants going up in India today. Each company seeking permission to operate a coal mine…