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The future of global development is being decided now. At the UN, countries are discussing what should replace the Millennium Development Goals when they expire in 2015. The original MDGs were laudable, but targets for justice were left out.
If the new development framework fails to empower people to understand and use the law, billions will be left behind - that’s why we urgently need to let world leaders hear our voices.
Read and endorse the open letter to the United Nations here.
We are sending an open letter to the UN General Assembly asking that justice be central to the new development goals.
We are asking governments …
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Land Rights in Sierra Leone
By Karima Tawfik
For one woman in Nimiyama Chiefdom in eastern Sierra Leone, the first sign of trouble came when she went into her family’s fields to brush for planting and was told to leave immediately because the land had been “sold.” For another landowner, it was when a group of people entered and surveyed his family lands without his consent – and just told him to take the issue up with his chief. And for many, it was the seven-foot poles erected in their backyards, signaling that their lands are …