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.
LAC launches new report on maintenance
GR&AP is pleased to announce the launch of its new report on the operation of the Maintenance Act 9 of 2003....
San hopes High Court helps
The most vulnerable !Kung community of San people in Tsumkwe West now pin their last hopes for survival on the High Court of Namibia when the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC) takes an application to force police to act against scores of illegal cattle farmers who have settled in and fenced off huge tracks of land in the N?a Jaqna Conservancy. Read more on the topic by Willem Odendaal and in the Namibian.
LAC battles funding cuts
The Legal Assistance Centre in Namibia.
Legal Assistance Centre celebrates its 25th Birthday
The Legal Assistance Centre is celebrating its 25th birthday in July 2013. The office, first opened in 1988,
has spent the last 25 years fulfilling its mission to collectively strive to make the law accessible to those with
the least access, through education, law reform, research, litigation, legal advice, representation and lobbying,
with the ultimate aim of creating and maintaining a human rights culture in Namibia.
Dignity, non-violence and respect for the law
13 June 2013: The magistrate's court ruled today that corporal punishment is not permitted in private schools. This is clearly stated in the Education Act and this judgement confirms this legal provision. The four accused persons were found guilty of the accusations made against them. This is a very positive step towards ensuring that the use of corporal punishment is eradicated in all schools in Namibia - a message that private schools are not above the law.
Thirty volumes of Namibian case law
The second volume of 2012, published in January 2013, marks the 30th volume of the Namibian Law Reports.
Balancing the economic and environmental impacts
February 2013: Mining activities are placing increasing strain on the natural environment,
creating a situation calling for better regulation of environmental impacts,
writes Willem Odendaal.
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