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From the Global to the Local: Leveraging International Engagement to Advance Justice at Home

Maha Jweied,

This policy paper sets out how the former U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Access to Justice leveraged international activity and mechanisms, including the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, to advance its domestic priorities. The strategy resulted in notable accomplishments and even protected a number of them after the office was closed in 2018….

Document Final du Sommet virtuel 2020 sur l’autonomisation Juridique en Afrique de l’Ouest

Legal Empowerment Network, Isa Wali Empowerment Initiative, The Carter Centre, Pathfinders, National Coalition for Community Legal Empowerment (NaCCLE), Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), Justice Empowerment Initiatives, Open Government Partnership,

Nous, les participants du Sommet virtuel sur l’autonomisation juridique en Afrique de l’Ouest, nous sommes réunis virtuellement du 5 au 9 Octobre 2020 pour entamer une conversation régionale sur l’autonomisation juridique, afin de discuter des défis communs et de réaliser nos aspirations collectives à faire de l’accès à la justice une réalité pour tous. Le…

Outcome Document of the West Africa Virtual Legal Empowerment Summit 2020

Legal Empowerment Network, Isa Wali Empowerment Initiative, The Carter Centre, Pathfinders, National Coalition for Community Legal Empowerment (NaCCLE), Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), Justice Empowerment Initiatives, Open Government Partnership,

We, the participants of the West Africa Virtual Legal Empowerment Summit, assembled virtually from October 5-9, 2020 to begin a regional conversation on legal empowerment in order to discuss common challenges and realize our collective aspirations to make access to justice a reality for all. The summit took place during the COVID-19 global pandemic, which…

Justice Fact Sheet

Open Government Partnership (OGP),

OGP works to expand responsiveness, accountability and inclusion into all systems of justice. Justice is an emerging area in open government with a growing number of potentially high impact commitments. This Fact Sheet presents a snapshot of global progress and member-level examples of justice reform in OGP.

Transparency and Accountability at the Frontlines of Justice

Open Government Partnership (OGP),

This document suggests how members of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) can move from advocacy to concrete commitments on policing. It assembles what has been done and what could be done to realize the OGP’s goals of inclusion, justice, and human rights through improved transparency, participation, and accountability. As the document shows, some work has…

Bases para un “Acuerdo Latinoamericano por el Acceso a la Justicia”

Posted by Namati

Proponemos discutir en torno a la posibilidad de impulsar un “Acuerdo Latinoamericano por el Acceso a la Justicia”, al que se sumen organizaciones de la sociedad civil, académicos/as, organismos públicos de distintos países de América Latina y el Caribe con el propósito de establecer las bases a partir de las cuales iniciar y promover procesos…

ДОСТУП ДО ПРАВОСУДДЯ ТА ПАНДЕМІЯ КОРОНАВІРУСУ COVID-19

Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies, David Steven, Maaike de Langen, Sam Muller, Mark Weston,

Пандемія коронавірусної хвороби COVID-19 є безпрецедентною глобальною надзвичайною ситуацією. Це не лише криза здоров’я, а й криза прав людини. Співробітники сфери доступу до правосуддя стикаються з серйозними загрозами під час розробки, впровадження та застосування нових заходів щодо запобігання поширенню інфекції. Заходи, що підвищують ризик порушень прав людини, можуть підірвати довіру в той момент, коли системі…

La Justice Pour Tous et la Crise de Santé Publique

Les Pionniers pour des Sociétés Pacifiques, Justes et Inclusives, David Steven, Maaike de Langen, Sam Muller, Mark Weston,

La pandémie de COVID-19 est une urgence mondiale sans précédent. Plus qu’une crise sanitaire, il s’agit d’une crise des droits de l’homme. Les acteurs de la justice sont confrontés à des responsabilités redoutables alors qu’ils conçoivent, mettent en œuvre et appliquent de nouvelles mesures pour prévenir la propagation de l’infection. Les mesures qui augmentent le…

Justicia Para Todos y la Emergencia de Salud Pública

Pioneros de Sociedades Pacíficas, Justas e Inclusivas, David Steven, Maaike de Langen, Sam Muller, Mark Weston,

La pandemia COVID-19 es una emergencia mundial sin precedentes. No sólo es una crisis de salud, sino también una crisis de derechos humanos. Los actores de la justicia se enfrentan a enormes responsabilidades a la hora de diseñar, aplicar y hacer cumplir nuevas medidas para prevenir la propagación de la infección. Las medidas que aumentan…

Justice For All and the Public Health Emergency

Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies, David Steven, Maaike de Langen, Sam Muller, Mark Weston,

The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented global emergency. It is not only a health crisis but also a human rights crisis. Justice actors face daunting responsibilities as they design, implement, and enforce new measures to prevent the spread of infection. Measures that heighten the risk of human rights abuses can undermine trust, at a time…

New brief makes the case to fund and protect justice defenders

Posted by Namati in Advocacy & Systemic Change, Community Paralegals, 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…

Myanmar’s Foray into Deliberative Democracy: Citizen Participation in Resolving Historical Land Grabs

Posted by Namati in Advocacy & Systemic Change, Land & Natural Resources, Namati News, Resources & Research

Namati and a coalition of non-governmental representatives have published a policy brief on the committees tasked with overseeing the investigations of Myanmar’s historical land grab cases. It is hoped the brief will help strengthen the implementation of the committees, making them more responsive to the lived experience of ordinary Myanmar citizens trying to secure their land…

Streamlining Institutions to Restore Land and Justice to Farmers in Myanmar

Posted by Namati in Land & Natural Resources, Namati News, Resources & Research

A new policy brief has been released emphasizing the need for the Myanmar government to put in place simple, transparent mechanisms to ensure that land and justice is restored to farmers who were dispossessed of their livelihoods without due process or compensation.  According to the Parliamentary Land Investigation Committee, more than 500,000 acres of land in Myanmar…

Gendered aspects of land rights in Myanmar: Evidence from paralegal casework

Posted by Namati in Gender, Land & Natural Resources, Namati News, Resources & Research

Namati has published a new policy brief on the gendered aspects of land rights. It is our hope that Myanmar’s national reforms and the implementation of the country’s new National Land Use Policy can grow from the lived experience of ordinary Myanmar citizens. Namati and our partners assist farmers in Myanmar to claim their land…

Myanmar: Namati & Landesa Make Recommendations for Pro-Poor Land Policy

Posted by Laura Goodwin in Land & Natural Resources

In this major new report Namati and Landesa highlight the pressing needs of Myanmar’s rural population – and recommend potential solutions – as the Myanmar government embarks on wide-reaching land policy reform. Download the report in English. Download the report in Burmese. Myanmar is undergoing a major transition, opening space for significant change for the…

Justice 2015 Update: Goal 16’s Impact

Posted by Stacey Cram in Post-2015 Agenda

Over the last two years more than 300 organizations in the Global Legal Empowerment Network have campaigned for justice targets to be included in the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Their advocacy has been at both the international and the national level, with high-level political meetings, OpEds, open letters, campaign days and media events pushing the case…

Oxfam on India’s proposed new land acquisition ordinance

Posted by Namati in Environment, Land & Natural Resources

There has been uproar in India’s parliament and among civil society groups following the government’s proposal to replace the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act (RFCLARR). RFCLARR was enacted in 2013 replacing the land acquisition policies prevalent in the country since 1894. A year later, the Government of…

Land Rights in the Post-2015 Agenda

Posted by Namati in Community Land Protection, Land & Natural Resources, Post-2015 Agenda

Namati has joined with a coalition of organizations to produce a briefing paper on the place of land rights in the new Sustainable Development Goals. The briefing has been endorsed by organisations such as ActioAid, Oxfam, Landesa, Global Witness and Habitat for Humanity. It contains five headline recommendations: 1. The Post-2015 Agenda should advance and monitor…

The Good & Bad of Environmental Law Reform in India

Posted by Manju Menon & Kanchi Kohli in Advocacy & Systemic Change, Environment

In India, a High Level Committee (HLC) constituted by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change has submitted its report to the environment minister, Prakash Javadekar, following its review of six of India’s major environmental laws. Some of the laws date back to the 1920s and the report offered an opportunity to strengthen the…