Our Constitutionat risk?
The NANGOF Trust, as an umbrella body for non-governmental organisations in Namibia, herewith voices its grave concerns regarding the proposed amendments to the Namibian Constitution and the manner in which they are being rushed through parliament. No meaningful consultations, beyond a handful of political parties, appear to have taken place on these substantive changes. Read the Bill here.
LAC’s Rhino Conservation Project Receives Support From Pupkewitz
For over three decades, Namibia has been one of the leading examples the implementation of a successful Community Based Natural Resources Management (CBNRM) programme. This is largely credited to the enduring commitment of the Namibian Government, its Business Sector, its Non-Governmental Sector and most importantly, its people to conserve Namibia’s unique wildlife. Read on...
Improving Namibia's response to victims of Gender-based violence
Members of the media are invited to attend the inauguration of the roadshow at the Katutura Magistrate Court.
Launch of " Scraping the Pot"
Press release: here
Summary of report: here
Government loses appeal on 48-hour rule
27 March: "The constitutional right to be brought before a court within 48 hours after arrest is undoubtedly an important right accorded to arrested persons and should be guarded jealously in light of Namibia’s pre-Independence history of detention without trial and other related injustices," Chief Justice Peter Shivute said.
The launch of "Access to Justice"
on 14 March 2014 at 9:30 at the LAC office
Here is the director's speech and article in the Namibian where the vice president of the Law Society of Namibia, Dee Sauls, had the following to say:
“I want to urge every legal practitioner in the country to devote one day to offer their services pro-bono to those that can otherwise not afford legal aid to defend their basic human rights!”
Court order protects land right
5 March 2014: A Mariental resident has obtained a High Court order to stop the Witbooi Traditional Authority from cancelling a customary land right that the Hardap.....
The Legal Assistance Centre formally handed over its offices in Ongwediva
18 February 2014: the Legal Assistance Centre formally handed over its offices in Ongwediva to ELCIN Western Diocese. These offices were constructed by the LAC as the Human Rights Centre and commenced operations during 1988 shortly before independence.
Toddler killed in police cells
27 January 2014: The Legal Assistance Centre notes with great sadness the reports in the media in relation to the death of a toddler in Wanaheda Police Station. The Director has released a press statement.
LAC receives renewed funding from Finland
The Embassy of Finland's Fund for Local Cooperation will contribute a sum of 278000 Euros over two years towards three projects within the LAC, namely the Aids Law Unit, Gender, Research and Advocacy Project and the Land, Environment and Development Unit. A number of activities will be supported relating to health rights, land rights and gender equality. Please read the attached speech for further details.
Access to Justice Series
In early February 2013 a new series of papers on recommendations for access to justice is published by the LAC.
1 Access to Justice as a Human Right
2 Locus Standi
3 Costs and contingency fees
4 Amicus Curiae participation