Seinoli Legal Centre
The Seinoli Legal Centre offers free legal services to communities affected by development in Lesotho. Based in Maseru, it is aiding local Basotho communities that have been severely affected by the first phase of construction of the Katse and Mohale Dams. This is only the start; the Lesotho Highlands Water Project are planning five more phases so the Centre is having to work hard to prepare the communities for the next phase.
Please click here to contact the Seinoli Legal Centre Director.
Progress for the Ha Lejone Co-operatives
The Ha Lejone Cooperative is just one of 66 local community groups that have formed to press for compensation for its members for their loss of brushwood, fodder and traditional medicines.
They have waited for many years to receive that compensation and in July 2012, with Protimos’ help, they decided to go to court. In October that year, just before the hearing, the LHDA issued an ‘interpleader’, arguing that the overdue compensation should go to the government and not to any of the cooperatives. The Cooperative fought on and the case was heard in March 2014. The Ha Lejone Cooperative won the case – with costs.
Protimos and the Clinton Global Initiative
Protimos empowers marginalised communities in developing countries to use the law to protect their social, economic and environmental interests.
The fortunes of communities in developing countries are increasingly shaped by their relationships with governments, businesses and other powerful institutions. However, unfamiliarity with legal processes coupled with limited access to qualified lawyers puts them at a significant disadvantage and marginalises them from the development process.
Protimos aims to level the playing field by supporting the professional development of local lawyers and by improving legal systems. In so doing, Protimos develops sustainable legal resources that enable communities to become active and effective participants in their own futures.