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Magdalena Sepúlveda Carmona, UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, discusses how she has leveraged her position to strengthen the voices of those who are routinely ignored by their governments and the international community.
Namati CEO Vivek Maru and Margaux Hall argue that fines collected for violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) could be used to establish a multilateral financing mechanism for the direct legal empowerment of citizens worldwide.
Timap for Justice, a Sierra Leonean NGO and member of the Global Legal Empowerment Network that provides basic justice services, launched its manual for community-based paralegals. The manual draws on years of lessons learned and presents an effective model for paralegal training that can be applied to a variety of contexts.
The Kampala Declaration on Community Paralegals urges governments to strengthen access to justice and accountability across the continent by embracing the potential of community paralegals. From July 9-11, 2012, more than fifty organizations from twenty African countries met in Kampala, Uganda, where they debated and adopted the declaration.
The Kampala Declaration remains open for further signatures. Please contact [email protected] to add your organization to the list of signatories.
Namati CEO, Vivek Maru, and Rights and Resources Initiative Coordinator, Andy White, argue that community land rights and protection are crucial to sustainable development. As it stands now, these rights are ommitted from the Rio+20 Conference Resolution, putting billions of vulnerable people further at risk.
A coalition of legal empowerment groups has written to the Government of Kenya encouraging it to support the inclusion of justice targets in the new development framework that will replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
With the recent influx of investors in Sierra Leone, customary law has created additional problems for locals who depend on land for their livelihoods. Alison Rabe explains how Namati is working directly with communities and paramount chiefs to enable local land owners and users to reassert their rights in signed land lease agreements.
The study, prompted by the ILC Antigua Declaration 2013, assesses international and regional-level approaches for addressing concerns related to indigenous lands, territories, and resources. It also provides an extensive regional review, showing how the situation of indigenous peoples relates to global issues like women’s land rights, environment, and climate change.
In Sierra Leone, rural communities historically dependent on subsistence or small-scale commercial agriculture are increasingly interfacing with powerful actors that want their land. Namati Law Fellow Alison Rabe tells the story of an community divided among itself over the possibilities such investment seems to offer.
A brochure published by Namati and partner SiLNoRF is being distributed to communities in Makeni, Sierra Leone, where large-scale land investment deals are increasingly affecting local lives and livelihoods. The brochure provides advice to communities about how to harmonize local boundaries and what to do if an investor approaches.
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