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The Global Call to Action has now been launched!

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Newsletter Global Call to Action – 2 March 2016

The Global Call to Action on Indigenous and Community Land Rights around the globe! Right now, hundreds of people like you, activists, organizations and communities are hosting events, sharing tweets, and taking actions to make the Global Call to Action a success — find out what’s happening here. Don’t miss the opportunity and be part of the movement!

Common Ground: Securing land rights and safeguarding the earth
Our flagship report is out! Download it and get more information about why we need to take action now to secure Indigenous and community land rights.


ສູນບໍລິການກົດໝາຍເພື່ອປະຊາຊົນ (FLP CLE)


ຂຽນໂດຍ: ອາຈານ ປາງທອງ ໄຊຍະວົງ ແລະ ນາງ ປາວິນາ ເທບພິທັກ

ໃນລະຫວ່າງວັນທີ 24 ມັງກອນ 2016 ຫາ ວັນທີ 2 ກຸມພາ 2016 ທີ່ຜ່ານມາ, ທີມງານຄູ-ອາຈານ​ຂອງສູນບໍລິການກົດໝາຍເພື່ອປະຊາຊົນໄດ້ເດີນທາງໄປຝຶກວິທີການລົງ​ຝຶກ​ວິທີ​ການໃຫ້​ຄວາມ​ຮູ້​ທາງ​ດ້ານ​ກົດໝາຍ​ໃຫ້​ອົງການ​ປົກຄອງ​ຂັ້ນ​ທ້ອງ​ຖິ່ນ ຈຳນວນທັງໝົດ 2 ແຂວງ, 3ເມືອງຄື: ເມືອງສິງ, ແຂວງຫຼວງນ້ຳທາ ແລະ ເມືອງຫຼາ ແລະ ເມືອງນາໝໍ້ຂອງແຂວງອຸດົມໄຊ. ໂດຍທຶນຊ່ວຍເຫຼືອຈາກ ອົງການ CARE ໃນການເຄືອນໄຫວກິດຈະກຳດັ່ງກ່າວ.

ການລົງໄປຝຶກການໃຫ້​ຄວາມ​ຮູ້​ທາງ​ດ້ານ​ກົດໝາຍ​ໃຫ້​ອົງການ​ປົກຄອງ​ຂັ້ນ​ທ້ອງ​ຖິ່ນດັ່ງກ່າວແມ່ນນຳພາ​ໂດຍ ທ່ານ ອາຈານ ສຸລິຍັນ ລຸນຈັນທາ, ຫົວໜ້າສູນບໍລິການກົດໝາຍເພື່ອປະຊາຊົນ ​​ແລະ ພ້ອມດ້ວຍ​ຄູ-ອາຈານ​ອີກ​ຈຳນວນໜື່ງ. ໃຫ້ກຽດຕ້ອນຮັບ​ແມ່ນ​ບັນດາ​ຫົວໜ້າຫ້ອງການຍຸຕິ​ທຳ​, ຫ້ອງການ​ຊັບພະຍາກອນ​ທຳ​ມະ​ຊາດ ​ແລະ ສິ່ງ​ແວດ​ລ້ອມຂອງ​ແຕ່ລະ​ເມືອງ. ຈຸດປະສົງ​ຂອງ​ການ​ລົງ​​ເຄື່ອນ​ໄຫວ​ກິດຈະກຳໃນ​ຄັ້ງ​ນີ້​ແມ່ນ​ເພື່ອ​ຝຶກ​ວິທີ​​ການໃຫ້​ຄວາມ​ຮູ້​ທາງ​ດ້ານ​ກົດໝາຍໃຫ້​ແກ່ອົງການ​ປົກຄອງ​ຂັ້ນ​ບ້ານ, ​ເພື່ອ​ເພີ້ມຄວາມອາສາມາດໃຫ້ແກ່ອົງການ​ປົກຄອງ​ຂັ້ນ​ບ້ານ​ໃນການໃຫ້​ຄວາມ​ຮູ້​ທາງ​ດ້ານ​ກົດໝາຍ​ໃຫ້​​ແກ່​ປະຊາຊົນ​​ໃນ​​ບ້ານຂອງຕົນ. ໃນກິດຈະກຳ​ດັ່ງກ່າວ​​ມີຜູ້ເຂົ້າຮ່ວມທັງໝົດ 261 ຄົນຈາກທັງໝົດ 29 ບ້ານ, ເຊື່ງປະກອບມີ: ນາຍບ້ານ, ຮອງ​ນາຍບ້ານ, ​ແນວ​ໂຮມ, ໜ່ວຍ​ໄກ່​ເກ່ຍຂັ້ນ​ບ້ານ, ສະຫະພັນ​ແມ່ຍິງ, ປກສ ບ້ານ, ຫົວໜ້າຊາວໜຸ່ມ, ​ແລະ ພະນັກງານ​ທີ່​ດິນ​ປະຈຳ​ບ້ານ. ເນື້ອ​ໃນ​ຂອງ​ການ​ຝຶກ​ອົບຮົມ​ຄັ້ງ​ນີ້​ແມ່ນ​ໄດ້ນຳໃຊ້ວິທີ​ການສອນແບບ ຊີແອວອີ (CLE) ໂດຍໄດ້ຝຶກວິທີ່ການ​ສ້າງ​ແຜນການ​ສອນເຊີ່ງ​ມີທັງໝົດ 7 ອົງ​ປະກອບຄື: ຫົວ​ຂໍ້, ຄາດ​ຄະ​ເນ​ຜົນ​ໄດ້​ຮັບ, ​ເນື້ອ​ໃນ, ກິດຈະກຳ, ວິທີ​ການ​ສອນ, ອຸປະກອນ ​ແລະ ການ​ປະ​ເມີນ. ສຳລັບການ​ຝຶກ​ອົບຮົມ​​ແມ່ນໄດ້​ດຳ​ເນີນ​ຢູ່​ເມືອງລະ 2 ມື້. ໃນການຝຶກຄັ້ງນີ້ແມ່ນ ໄດ້ນຳເອົາເກມ, ການສົນທະນາເປັນກຸ່ມ ສະຫລັບສັບປ່ຽນກັບການບັນຍາຍໃນຫົວຂໍຕ່າງໆ ແລະ ມື້​ທີ​ສອງ​ແມ່ນ​​ຈັດ​​ກຸ່ມ​​ຝຶກ​ສ້າງ​ແຜນ​ການສອນຕົວ​ຈິງ ພ້ອມສາທິດການໃຫ້​ຄວາມ​ຮູ້​ທາງ​ດ້ານ​ກົດໝາຍ. ຜ່ານ​ການ​ສອນ​ຕົວ​ຈິງຂອງຜູ້ເຂົ້າຮ່ວມ​​ເຫັນ​ໄດ້​ວ່າ​ແຕ່​ລະ​ກຸ່ມ​ສາມາດ​ສ້າງ​ແຜນການສອນໄດ້ໃນລະດັບດີ​.

Train CLE to the Village Leader in Luangnamtha and Oudomxay Province

By: Pangthong Xayyavong, FLP CLE Lecturer and Pavina Thephithuck, Senior Legal Fellow

On the 24th January to 2nd February 2016, The Faculty of Law and Political Science Clinical Legal Education(FLP CLE) had been to the North of Laos, Luangnamtha and Oudomxay Province to do a 2days Training of Trainer (Each District) to the 29 Village Leader, in 3 District which are from Sing District, Luangnamtha Province and Lar and Namor District in Oudomxay Province. Which were support by Care International Oganization. More than 261 Village Leader attend the workshop. In this member of participants are include: Head of the Village, Duty Head of the Village, Woman’s union, Elderly, Police of the Village, Land unit in the village, Youth unit and Village mediation unit.

A session opens to debate legislation

Vientiane Times, December 8, 2015.

President of the National Assembly Ms Pany Yathotou has called for various government sectors to enhance their efforts and push for more rapid development progress, seeking to enable the country to escape from least developed country status by 2020. She said although complex global changes have been made since the last session in the middle of this year, the country was able to maintain political stability and security as well as push for the continued growth of its economy. Addressing the opening ceremony of the 10th Ordinary Session of the NA in Vientiane on Monday, Ms Pany highlighted the achievements over the last NA session and challenges to be addressed in the future.

Laos readies for forest law enforcement with EU

Vientiane Times, November 6, 2015.

The government is preparing to negotiate the first round of a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) in the EU’s Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan for illegal logging prevention and to increase the value of wood exports . The negotiations are expected to start at the beginning of next year when Laos is ready for every stage of the first round, the Forestry Inspection Department Director General, Mr. Khamphouth Phandanouvong, told Vientiane Times yesterday.

Xayaboury bans further investment in banana farms

Vientiane Times, October 22, 2015.

Xayaboury province will impose restrictions on banana farms following reports which suggested that farms in several provinces had used harmful chemicals which leaked into the soil and threatened local livelihoods. Governor of the northwestern province, Mr Phongsavanh Sitthavong, recently informed the media that Xayaboury would allow only companies that had already been granted a concession to plant bananas on approved areas. New investments or the expansion of existing plantations will not be allowed.

Govt set to issue 60,000 land titles next fiscal year

VT Times, September 17, 2015

The government has set a target to register 100,000 land plots and issue land titles on 60,000 plots in the next fiscal year 2015-16. The target was approved by the cabinet at the government’s monthly meeting for August held late last month at the Government Office in Vientiane. Since the programme to issue land titles began in 1997, it is expected that more than 900,000 land titles will h ave been issued by this fiscal year which finishes at the end of this month, Deputy Director General of the Land Administration Department under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Mr. Anothai Chanthalasy said recently.

Officials discuss access to justice in Laos

Vientiane Times,  August 28, 2015.

Experts from the legal sector in Laos met with their counterparts from Vietnam, China and Singapore yesterday in Vientiane to discuss the improvement of services and access to justice in Laos. The improvement of access to justice by the Lao people forms part of a project for the implementation of the legal sector master plan (SPLSMP).

600 people receive free legal aid in six months

Vientiane Times 13 August 2015

Some 600 poor people throughout the country have received free legal aid through the Lao Bar Association’s (LBA) legal aid clinics over the past six months, with 70 of them having court cases found in their favour. Lao Bar Association President Mr Mixay Thepmany talked about the free legal aid provided by the LBA in an interview with Vientiane Times last week.

Poor accounting hollows out timber revenues

Vientiane Times, July 08, 2015. 

The Ministry of Finance has identified numerous loopholes in the accounting of timber sold by local authorities that meant the government has been missing out on much needed revenue. The government has set the target to collect revenue of 100 billion kip from the sale of its timbers for the 2014-15 fiscal year but in the past six months of this fiscal year only 13 billion kip was collected. Of particular concern was the sale of timber acquired from state stockpiles, as the revenue was not being paid back to the national budget by local authorities, the ministry has said.

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