LAW AND ADVOCACY
THE LAW AND ADVOCACY WORKING GROUP
The Law and Advocacy Working Group is a group of international, regional and national-level civil society organizations. We have come together to strengthen international and national policy and legal frameworks to secure the recognition and protection of Indigenous, Land and Environmental Defenders (ILEDs) and their work. Through coordinated action and collective efforts, we seek to address the root causes of attacks against ILEDs, including impunity, organized crime and corruption. Jointly with our advocacy efforts, we seek to leverage the law to empower defenders and their communities, and we work with lawyers across the world to secure enhanced access to justice by ILEDs.
Environmental Rights Agreement in Africa – ERA
In the wake of the climate emergency, environmental rights are critical tools for ensuring African communities are not left out of the environmental and development decisions that will transform the continent in the coming decades. A regional environmental rights instrument offers the opportunity to safeguard Indigenous, Land and Environmental Defenders (ILEDs) and guarantee a just transition.
43 BUSINESSES SUPPORT STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT IN MANDATORY DUE DILIGENCE
Support for meaningful and safe stakeholder engagement as a central aspect of the EU framework on mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence
ALLIED Law and Advocacy Working Group with the Investor Alliance on Human Rights supported a statement in which over 45 investors and companies said they “believe meaningful engagement with rightsholders and civil society, including human rights defenders, that is gender-sensitive and intersectional, is critical to a due diligence process that effectively identifies human rights impacts and responds to their concerns. For Indigenous Peoples, meaningful engagement will also mean full respect of the principle and process of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC). We believe it should be prioritized in the upcoming legislation. We recognize that for stakeholder engagement to be meaningful, it must inform all stages of due diligence, starting with the risk identification and analysis. It must also be safe, so that defenders, their communities, and other rightsholders speaking out about adverse corporate impacts can do so without suffering or fearing retaliation”. Download the full statement here.
HOW WE WORK
We search for common ground, and we seek to bring the voices of defenders to multilateral and national fora. We are guided by the following principles:
- Long-term commitment
- Strengthening and empowering local and grassroots legal advisors
- Systemic change