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Securing Rights, Combating Climate Change

Posted December 5, 2014

Film: How important access to justice is for ensuring sustainable development, human rights and preventing climate change.

Putting the Rule of Law Behind Women’s Rights

Posted November 25, 2014

Namati’s Vivek Maru discussed how legal empowerment is being used to strengthen women’s rights at this fascinating Trust Women 2014 plenary session ‘Access to Land, The Biggest Challenge For Women’s Empowerment’. He was joined by leaders from OXFAM, the ONE Campaign, SABMiller, and the Landesa Center for Women’s Land Rights.

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A Message to ‘Jokowi’ on Justice and the Next Development Goals

Posted November 17, 2014

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.

Targeting Illegal Mining in India’s Forests

Posted November 6, 2014

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 Launches Statelessness Campaign

Posted November 4, 2014

UNHCR has launched a campaign to end statelessness that includes a ten-point plan for countries.

Legal Aid: Not a form of welfare

Posted November 1, 2014

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”

Community Land Mapping in Liberia Captured on Film

Posted October 14, 2014

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.

Unprecedented Case Proposes Land Grabbing as a Crime Against Humanity

Posted October 10, 2014

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.

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Nigerian Civil Society Campaigns for Justice 2015

Posted October 9, 2014

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.

Kenya’s Prison Paralegals at the Frontline of Justice

Posted October 9, 2014

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.

Vivek Maru welcomed as new Ashoka Fellow

Posted October 1, 2014

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.

Training Sex Workers as Paralegals

Posted October 1, 2014

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.

Namati’s Paralegals at Work

Posted September 30, 2014

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.

OpEd: Justice in the SDGs for Nepal’s Women and Dalits

Posted September 23, 2014

Kathmandu Post: Justice in development is the best way to enforce Nepal’s obligations to women and girls, and those who suffer caste discrimination.

The Paralegal Approach to Statelessness

Posted September 12, 2014

Namati’s Laura Goodwin, director of our citizenship program, is making the case for the paralegal approach at the Global Forum on Statelessness.

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