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Network member Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI) has written in the Jakarta Post about the need for Indonesia’s new President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to make access to justice a development priority.
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.
UNHCR has launched a campaign to end statelessness that includes a ten-point plan for countries.
Frederick Wilmot-Smith, a fellow in law at All Souls College, Oxford, makes the case for legal aid in the London Review of Books: “A society without access to justice defaults on Magna Carta”
Namati’s Liberian partner, the Sustainable Development Institute, has been captured in a short film that shows the community mapping that rural people can use to begin the process of protecting their lands.
A communication filed at the International Criminal Court (ICC) today alleges that widespread and systematic land grabbing conducted by the Cambodian ruling elite for over a decade amounts to a crime against humanity.
The communication contends that senior members of the Cambodian government, its security forces, and government-connected business leaders carried out an attack on the civilian population with the twin objectives of self-enrichment and preservation of power at all costs. Crimes committed as part of this campaign include murder, forcible transfer of populations, illegal imprisonment, persecution, and other inhumane acts.
Continue reading the article at fidh.org (source)
Further coverage: Huffingtonpost.co.uk
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A group of 43 Nigerian civil society organizations (CSOs) have written to the country’s government calling on Nigeria to support the inclusion of justice targets in the next set of development goals.
Australia’s ABC News has captured the groundbreaking work of network member Kituo cha Sheria in the prison system in Kenya. The programme, Foreign Correspondent, shows prisoner paralegals working to bring justice for those wrongly imprisoned – often without trial.
Namati is delighted to announced that our founder and CEO, Vivek Maru, has been selected as an Ashoka Fellow. He joins a movement of leading social entrepreneurs from 70 countries who have each developed innovative solutions to social problems.
The Open Society Foundation has made a film about an innovative program training sex workers as paralegals in South Africa. Arming women with the law helps them protect their rights and their health.
We have produced a brochure about the impact of our work around the world. It features photographs of the paralegals who are making a difference to some of the world’s great justice issues.
Kathmandu Post: Justice in development is the best way to enforce Nepal’s obligations to women and girls, and those who suffer caste discrimination.
Namati’s Laura Goodwin, director of our citizenship program, is making the case for the paralegal approach at the Global Forum on Statelessness.
The Turning Towards Justice photo exhibition is opening in the Print House Gallery in Dalston, London on September 11.
Sonkita Conteh, Namati’s program director in Sierra Leone, explaining our community-based approach at the International Conference on Access to Legal Aid in Criminal Justice Systems.