For the past few years, the ICJ has been organising seminars on particular human rights themes rather than on general issues. One of these themes, on which a series of seminars has already been organised, is the provision of legal services for the rural poor and other disadvantaged groups.
The ICJ took up this issue as a result of regional seminars on the relationship between development and human rights which analysed the causes of human rights violations rather than their symptoms. One can conclude from these seminars that meaningful development cannot take place without the participation of the people, particularly the hitherto marginalised groups of society.
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