You believe in the power of law and the power of people. You use that power to fight for justice and win transformative changes. You are passionate about helping others to do the same.
For 10 years, Namati and the Legal Empowerment Network have brought together thousands of people like you. Today, we are ready to mobilize globally like never before in the face of unprecedented inequality, climate emergency, and threats to democracy.
How can we unleash our collective power and rise to the moment?
We are calling for bold and creative ideas from justice seekers everywhere, whether you’ve already been a part of our community or not. In early 2022, a group of justice leaders will identify powerful and timely ideas our community is ready to take on. We will celebrate those ideas in a public event and explore how we as a movement will bring them to life. Out of this campaign, we will also invite justice seekers to join the Namati team and deepen the global movement for justice together. Let’s get to work!
Communities that have been neglected or harmed should have the power to direct investment in their wellbeing and flourishing, and to determine whether and how destructive activity (like deforestation, fossil fuel extraction, and polluting facilities) should be allowed in their neighborhoods.
If communities don’t have this basic power, we won’t achieve the just and fast transition we desperately need. Yet this principle is largely missing from our attempts to address climate change.
What if we developed a global campaign to turn this idea into a fundamental norm of environmental governance?
A campaign, for example, that would organize an unignorable global community of justice seekers to call on governments and businesses to protect the right to Free, Prior, and Informed Consent for all who bear the brunt of environmental harm. Justice movements in different countries could access the wisdom of their peers—through platforms like the Legal Empowerment Network—to fight violations, push for local laws and meaningful resources, and bring the promise of FPIC to life.
i am advocate arnab kumar banerjee from india. i did pro bono work for the last 6 years. i have faced some difficulties while doing pro bono. the difficulty is that in india nobody pays for court work. advice is free but court work can never be free. but nobody will pay for these unfortunate people. lawyers used to pay for these people but this destroys lawyer's pocket and morality.
also i would like to point out that in india there is no financial support given to lawyer. government, bar, civil society, panel... nobody would like to pay the lawyers. lawyers has to py for these expenses out of their pocket.
and so i would like to create a fund that would crowdsource money from willing donors all over the worlds and lawyers will get reimbursed for their legal expenses from this fund.
According to current population projections, Bangladesh’s population is 166.3 M, making it one of the most populated countries in the world.Today, I would like to share my point of view on child justice system as an ordinary student and a resident of Bangladesh.One-third of the children of this country is living below the international poverty line and as a matter of fact, most of the children are deprived from the basic rights to education,balanced diet,health and nutrition,protection,sanitation and hygiene. Here, child exploitation and abuse is as common as the sunrise.Besides, juvenile delinquency is on the rise alarmingly. But, what are the reasons behind the constant rise of adolescent crime in this country?Simple, it’s the population growth which is causing social transition, poverty.And as a result, lack of finances,communication,social and moral training,parental control are increasing and the children are getting closer to crimes .Of course the children living in slums come from economically impoverished families and sometimes they are bound to share one room with as many as 10-15 people and it’s unbelievable.The children often get exposed to sexual activities too.Most importantly, the combination of law, ethics, morality and values is required for the protection and justice for the children.So, the laws that can help protect the children from discrimination, oppression, crime and violation of child rights should be enforced without delay.But actually, Bangladesh still has a lot to do in this area.While comprehensive laws dealing with issues such as procedures and correctional systems for child offenders are being called by new circumstances.Governmental commitment to fulfill protection rights includes social welfare policies, adequate budgets, public acknowledgment and ratification of international instruments.The stakeholders, the court, the family, the detention facilities and programs, and the community are responsible for the adoption of the new change.A sound child justice system fundamentally requires improved social services, specialized assistance, child-centered initiatives and committed personnel with requisite skills, knowledge and values. (Bangladesh Journal of Bioethics 2020; 11 (1): 35-43)
My name is Chikaodili Emmanuella Ezeonwu. I am a lawyer, a strategic human rights litigation, and a community-based paralegal trainer. presently, I am a staff attorney with the justice & empowerment initiative. My work involves community human rights education especially among the informal settlers, those who could have resources to hire or pay for legal services. I equally represent them in court, both in criminal defense and securing their land against forced eviction. Law is what keeps the society in shape, and should be thought to the people. Law should be brought closer to people if the universe wishes to have justice and enduring peace. It should be taught in the language of every community.
People living with Disabilities are experiencing climate change effects. However, our countries laws and climate change acts do not have them in mind. They not only want to be included in the conversation, but also participate in policy making and climate change talks.
ICCASA Africa is currently working and partnering with different organizations to create a platform for them. So far, we have created awareness among policy makers and researchers. Our next step is to revise the acts and translate all climate change documents to be friendly to the disabled.
Looking forward to share our data and ideas in this topic.
The 2010 Kenyan Constitution thrives on Public Participation as was evidenced by recent BBI judgement by the High Court of Kenya that was also upheld by the Court of Appeal: https://www.brookings.edu/blog/africa-in-focus/2021/08/19/is-the-bbi-ruling-a-sign-of-judicial-independence-in-kenya/. What is Key about these judgements is that they result from public interest litigation by ordinary citizens.
Prior to this, several significant PIL cases have been ruled in favour of the plaintiff and usually against the government of Kenya based on this constitution. However, these cases have been limited to a few by public defence NGOs such as Katiba Institute, the Law Society of Kenya and an individual activist Okiya Omtatah. These few institutions cannot even purport to dent the huge amount of injustices facing ordinary citizens all over the country and that are connected to issues of land and natural resource hedging by local, Western and Chinese elites.
There is need to devolve PIL cases to communities and have activists, social movements and CBOs engage in them on behalf of communities. My proposal is for the establishment of regional offices employing young lawyers from these communities ready to engage in PIL cases on behalf of their communities. As the effects of climate change worsen, there is likely to be more conflict between the ruling elite and communities. In Kenya we are seeing forceful eviction of communities from their land because of the natural resources present there. This recent report by the Oakland Institute aptly captures the situation in Northern Kenya: https://www.oaklandinstitute.org/stealth-game-community-conservancies-devastate-northern-kenya?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=meme&utm_campaign=NRT
We need to develop new jurisprudence to help communities fight back legally to secure their future. As communities engage in traditional advocacy efforts, strategic PIL can be an effective tool to compliment and ringfence their efforts especially with a resurgent and independent Kenyan Judiciary against a rogue anti-poor Kenyan state.
Corruption in Nigeria has its root in permissive culture. Behavior is our main problem. Religion provides the basis and language for ethical behavior in the country. This is more reason I fight corruption with Bible. Corruption is the root cause of poverty in Nigeria. I do what I do by creating compelling contents (videos & free prints) that can help raise awareness, reset mindsets, change attitudes and stir Christians and Churches in Nigeria to rise and help control corruption in Nigeria. Transparency International: described corruption as abuse of entrusted power for private gain. This behavior includes both legal and illegal behavior; it involves manipulation of policies, stealing from public funds, bribery etc. Corruption is the root cause of all injustice, all inequality, and all failures in ethics or integrity. There are over 100 million professing Christians in Nigeria. We need fellowship where Christians can be trained to be redemptive change agents in society. Corruption is an unethical issue; the situation in my country require serious ethical and collective approach. The church in Nigeria is actively involve in the politics of Nigeria.The church has no reason to be quiet about corruption. We need an anti-corruption academy in the country – A National Christian Fellowship established by the Christian Association of Nigeria (C.A.N). This Body represents the entire Church in the country . I want churches in Nigeria to begin to stand up against corruption.
Over time, Nigeria, my country has been bedeviled in my ethnoreligious issues that have crippled the rate of development. These problems stem from having wrong persons in the seat of power who would project ethnic and religious issues against national agenda that would better the aspirations of our country. From Independence till date, my country had many military rulership predominantly occupied by the Fulani and Hausa. Their agenda has rather been nepotistic, fraudulent and bifurcated in all dimensions, thus promoting polarization and marginalization of some tribes, especially the Easterners. Our agenda is to unite the country, Nigeria, using all strategic peaceful measure to recover and overtake all loss though bad leadership.
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I present my experience through juvenile justice in Yemen. With the increase in the pace of the humanitarian crisis and war, we find great suffering in psychological, social and legal intervention to ensure the rights of the child.
We operate in a complex environment but ultimately benefit from the experiences of success. Registration and follow-up by tracing the root of the problem, then psychological intervention, activating popular justice, and communicating with stakeholders. This method saved us time and effort for the work we do.
The world systems are modeled on inspiring laws and policies for the benefit of the entire society. However, few individuals leading few corporates do block the paths of these systems to function for fully for the benefit of everyone. They divert the flow and system functions to suit their specific needs in specific times and use these to bring an imbalance to the full benefits of these systems to those not able to manipulate the laws and policies. Our world today needs brave advocates, community leaders and enlightened citizens to ensure that the world systems are not disrupted, that the people know how the system works and for whom it was designed. Common narratives that the system is not for us is a misinformation that has infiltrated every community because there has been illegal changes of particular system function and thus the community needs to identify this and make amends. the amends are better made through the existing laws and policies and the use of community voices in calling for timely amends of these illegal alterations in the system.
In kenya for example, and having been part of the deCOALonize campaign to stop the proposed coal investment in the Country, we were able to support the community to influence the system change through the use of existing laws and policies while also exerting pressure to the system through the mass voice.
Collective action will greatly have much effect on social justice and social inclusion to create developmental change.
To have a society that's a sense of togetherness to wining a just cause for me begins with a thorough education about a need to get involved in a kind of society to dream for where a great understanding of social justice is at the fingertip of all and is dry in a community but it all begins and ends with "Advocacy". Being a journalist and media consultant people are more comfortable in telling them how they contribute to change when they are empowered. Collective action will assist us all as social justice advocate when we are keen to include people in all programs.
Young people today are some of the most dedicated champions of environmental and climate justice.
Kathy Robinson, Justin Pearson, and Kizzy Jones co-founded Memphis Community Against Pollution and co-led the efforts to stop the reckless Byhalia Connection Pipeline from being built on their hometown already overburdened with environmental racism (shorturl.at/inuH6). A group of 7th graders in Ontario, Canada stood in solidarity for Indigenous rights, studied zoning processes, and helped protect a wetland from becoming an Amazon warehouse (https://www.wevideo.com/view/2229865867). Groups like Fridays for Future and Sunrise are calling for swift and transformative action on climate change. The list goes on.
What if hundreds of thousands of young people had the ability, support, and confidence to use laws and policies, so that they can win concrete solutions to environmental injustice where they live, and contribute to structure change efforts grounded in their lived experience? For example, groups like Namati could distill the key principles of legal empowerment and turn it into an inspiring educational material. Namati could partner with youth networks to promote such material, and create youth peer exchange opportunities for global solidarity and more advanced learning based on demands. Members of the Legal Empowerment Network could offer inspiration, mentorship, and models to those young leaders.
Namati advances social and environmental justice by building a movement of people who know, use, and shape the law. Alongside our partners, we support everyday citizens to squeeze justice out of even the most broken of systems. We convene the Legal Empowerment Network — members from over 170 countries who learn from one another and collaborate on common challenges.
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