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Complicity in Destruction II

Amazon Watch,

How northern consumers and financiers enable Bolsonaro’s assault on the Brazilian Amazon. As the world’s largest rainforest, the Amazon provides 20% of our oxygen, houses 10% of the planet’s biodiversity, and helps stabilize the global climate. The world needs it to survive. None understand this better than the indigenous peoples and traditional communities who call…

Wapichan set up Ground-breaking System to Defend Human Rights and Monitor Ancestral Lands

South Rupununi District Council (SRDC),

Amidst increasing concerns about threats to their forests, wetlands and way of life, the Wapichan People of Guyana (South America) have set up their own ground-breaking system to defend their human rights and monitor their ancestral lands against harmful development. Community information has been collected using a grassroots land use monitoring arrangement that involves community…

Fighting Corruption in Remote Areas


Inadequate oversight has caused corruption to run riot in many rural areas of Indonesia. But a few courageous people finally decided to fight back. In Lampung, a legal aid foundation trained citizens to be paralegals, who succeeded in putting some corruptors in jail. In a West Kalimantan village, a young woman started monitoring and noting…

Using real voices and experience to drive policy change in Myanmar

Caitlin Pierce, Harvard University,

An interview from April 18, 2016 with Harvard University’s A Measure of Justice program on how Namati uses data to connect casework to policy change in Myanmar. The Measure of Justice Program is a group of leading practitioners, academics, and government officials working on legal empowerment.

“Vulnerability of female garment workers”

Saraban Tahura Zaman,

This resource is an article printed in the Dhaka Tribune newspaper on November 6, 2014. In Bangladesh female garment workers are in a more vulnerable position than the male garment workers. Their vulnerability leads them to become the perfect victims of natural and man made disasters. The article argues that laws and policies should be…

Mobile Enhanced Participatory Budgeting in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Felipe Estefan,

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are helping increase citizen participation, positively transforming the relation between citizens and their government, ultimately resulting in more effective public service delivery.  Mobile phones are performing a key role in enhancing transparency and accountability. Mobile penetration in the DRC is increasing rapidly, from…

Women and Children’s Access to Community Justice (Child Protection) Programme, UNICEF evaluation

Catherine Wilson,

This resource explains a community justice programme rolled out in Papua New Guinea’s vast village court system, bringing international human rights-based laws to rural communities and boosting the protection and empowerment of women and children.    Village courts wield immense influence within the mainly rural population in Papua New Guinea. Many live in areas too remote…

AWN Access to Justice Network Newspaper Posting

AWN Access to Justice Network,

AWN Access to Justice network issued a special newspaper announcement to promote the activities of the network . The newspaper presented the mission and vision of the network. It also included some success stories and the statistics of AWN cases from 2011 to 2013.

Waiting for the Inevitable: The Right to Privacy and the Media

Healthy Options Project Skopje,

This video documents the lawsuit filed by three sex workers against five media outlets (print and electronic) for violation of their right to privacy. It analyses and opens a debate about the role of the media in the violation/promotion of the rights of sex workers and marginalized communities in general.

A Win for Victims of Forced Sterilization in Namibia

Nyasha Chingore-Munazvo,

This resource describes a ruling in favor of women who were victims of forced sterilization in Namibia.

Kenya’s New Digital IDs May Exclude Millions of Minorities

Posted by Abdi Latif Dahir in Advocacy & Systemic Change, Citizenship

In this article in the New York Times, Abdi Latif Dahir writes on the issues of discrimination brought about by Kenya’s proposed giant biometric ID and digital ID project, commonly known as Huduma Namba or NIIMS. The Kenyan government will require citizens and foreign residents to have the identification number to access government services. There…

5 billion people around the world lack basic access to justice. These organizations are out to change that.

Posted by Alessandra Bergamin in Citizenship, Community Paralegals, Environment, Land & Natural Resources, Legal Empowerment Network, Namati News

In this article on Ensia, Alessandra Bergamin looks at how legal empowerment advocates are helping disenfranchised people fight pollution, gain access to clean water and sanitation, protect land rights and more, by sharing the knowledge and skills needed to exercise basic rights. The article highlights the work of these organizations: Namati Microjustice4All EarthRights International Natural…

Sierra Leone’s Small Towns Learn to Fight Against Land Grabs

Posted by Namati in Community Paralegals, Environment, Land & Natural Resources

When a multinational company displaced communities and polluted lands in Sierra Leone, villagers felt angry and helpless. When those same communities partnered with paralegals to understand, use, and shape the law, they said “the law is with us now” and pushed back. This piece in Ozy profiles how communities in Sierra Leone are using legal…

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…

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.  

BBC Africa: Sierra Leone Land Grab Thwarted

Posted by McKinley Charles in Community Land Protection, Community Paralegals, Land & Natural Resources, Namati News

Over 70 families in Nimiyama Chiefdom, Sierra Leone have had their land returned after taking a large multinational company to court. Local leaders had sold the families’ land to Orient Agriculture Ltd. without their knowledge or consent. With the support of a Namati community paralegal, the affected families learned about their right and how to…

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…

In Portuguese: Defending the Right to Health in Mozambique

Posted by Verdade in Health

The Mozambican newspaper Verdade has published a profile of Namati’s work, explaining how we use health advocates to defend patients’ rights to healthcare. The article is available at this link in Portuguese.

TerraNullius profiles the Community Land Rights CaseBase

Posted by Rachael Knight, Naomi Roht-Arriaza and Melissa Riess-James in Land & Natural Resources, Legal Empowerment Network

TerraNullius – a leading blog on topics of land rights, human rights, and rule of law – has published a profile of CaseBase, Namati’s new online database of community land rights case law. Read the blog on TerraNullius to learn about the goals and development of the Community Land Rights CaseBase. Explore CaseBase CaseBase – Namati’s  free, online,…

UNHCR Features Paralegals and Citizenship in Bangladesh

Posted by UNHCR in Citizenship

How a Bangladesh court ruling changed the lives of more than 300,000 stateless people. Bangladesh features as one of seven case studies from Asia, Europe and Latin America in the first of a series of UNHCR Good Practices Papers released on Monday. The first one of these, “Resolving Existing Major Situations of Statelessness,” corresponds to the…

Land Rights in Myanmar – in Pictures

Posted by The Guardian in Land & Natural Resources

The Guardian newspaper’s Development section has published a picture gallery of Namati images. These were taken by the photographer Bremen Donovan in 2014. The images accompany extended captions explaining how a new land use law, due to be finalised in 2015, is likely to mean land seizures committed by the military and powerful elites during Myanmar’s long dictatorship will…

Targeting Illegal Mining in India’s Forests

Posted by Kanchi Kohli in Environment

Namati’s Kanchi Kohli explains how public interest litigation finally forced the authorities to act against illegal iron ore mines in the forests of Odisha. 27 October 2014 – The discourse around iron and steel in India has taken a huge political turn since 2007. In 2007, the Karnataka state government, while recognising the problem of rampant illegal…