Legal Assistance Centre

COMMENT ON HUMAN RIGHTS

ALL ANNUAL REPORTS

2017 Annual ReportPresenting our Annual report 2018. It list our work and activities, new publications, donors and much more.

FACT SHEETS ON THE CHILD CARE AND PROTECTION ACT

2018 AdvocacyThis is a summary of all of the materials published before in 3 languages.English
Afrikaans
Oshiwambo .

FACT SHEETS ON ADVOCACY

2018 AdvocacyA series of six on
"How laws are made", Common Law,
Statute Law, Customary
and International Law.

FACT SHEETS ON THE GOVERNMENT

2018 Rule of LawIn a series of 8 we explain
Government structures, branches, watchdogs, elections and how new laws are made.

FACT SHEETS ON RULE OF LAW

2018 Rule of LawA series of six on
"How laws are made", Common Law,
Statute Law, Customary
and International Law.

Comic on Poaching

With the current rise of poaching incidents this comic aids to protect our heritage...



Leasehold for small-scale farmers - summary

Under the National Resettlement Programme the State purchases freehold commercial farms ...


MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS

Mental health mattersAn illustrative comic about recognising and responding to mental health needs in Namibia.


ENCOURAGING EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES IN THE WORKPLACE

Equal opportunitiesDespite the constitutional provision that all people are equal in Namibia,this is often not the case.

 

 


Zero Tolerance on Sexual Violence
The Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) hosted a public discussion in an effort to develop a strategy on how to combat sexual violence within the campus community.
Our Yolande Engelbrecht took part as a panellist and spoke on rape as “the intentional commission of a sexual act under coercive circumstances". The Patriot reported.

Our Annual Report for 2018 is available for download with a strong foreword from our Director Mrs. Toni Hancox:
"It has been 30 years since the LAC was founded. The goal then was to protect those who had been tortured and mistreated by the ruling apartheid regime.
Independence followed and the LAC’s role changed into an organisation that would support new legislation and policy focusing on the protection of the human rights outlined in the Namibian Constitution.
The occasion of a significant anniversary in the life of an organisation provides the opportunity to reflect on the impact made through its activities.
Has the LAC contributed to the needs of those most marginalised?
Yes, we have. But has that meant real change for our people?
This is a question that is not so easy to answer. While the LAC has made a major impact on aligning both legislation and policy with internationally accepted human rights, what is lacking is making this impact real in the lives of those we serve.

This is not something the LAC can do alone, but what we can do is continue to hold the relevant stakeholders within government and other organisations accountable by being persistent and in some cases just plain annoying. It does not give me joy to say that the LAC is still an organisation that is sorely needed in an independent Namibia. This is sadly the reality.
I challenge all within this beautiful country to make a positive contribution to the lives of all within it, however small – so that the LAC will not be needed for 30 more years."

Our ProBono series This time on "Problem animals"
In view of the recent killing of Voortrekker, the celebrated elephant bull that roamed in the Ohungu Conservancy in the Erongo Region, the Legal Assistance Centre has been asked to explain what Namibian law permits people to do when their lives or property are threatened by wild animals.

26 June is the International Day in Support of Torture victims
The UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture stands in solidarity with survivors of torture and their famlies....
Further readings on their website here.

2019 May 16
SUPREME COURT JUSTICE DAVE SMUTS has been elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
read in the Namibian
We would like to congratulate our founding director (1988-1992) and prevoius Trustee of the Legal Assistance Centre on receiving this great honour.

2019 April 29
PRESS STATEMENT ON UNLAWFUL NDF AND POLICE ASSAULTS

The Legal Assistance Centre notes with extreme concern the reporting in the Namibian of today’s date titled “Soldiers run amok.”
The LAC has received reports of the Namibian Defence Force and Namibian Police assaulting civilians and has a number of civil claims arising from these assaults.
For detailed information of the duties and rights of the police force please read the Police Force Act.

WORLD RADIO DAY was on 13 February and the Theme is "Dialogue, Tolerance and Peace.

CONDOLENCES: LATE SARAH MWILIMA
The Legal Assistance Centre wishes to express its condolences to the family, friends and Global Fund colleagues of the late Sarah Mwilima, who died tragically in Windhoek earlier this week.
Sarah was instrumental in providing technical assistance and good advice to NGO’s working in the health field and became a friend to many of us.
She will be missed.
Rest in peace, Sarah.

APPEAL TO RESTORE PEACE AND THE RULE OF LAW IN ZIMBABWE POST ELECTIONS
We, the Namibian Civil Society Organizations under the auspices of Namibia Non-Governmental Organization Forum Trust hereby call upon Your Excellency to use your authority and power as SADC Chairman to intervene on the Zimbabwean deteriorating political situation without further delays.

NEW FILM ON POACHING
When the Legal Assistance Center commissioned Andrew Botelle from MaMoKoBo Video & Research to produce a film with the aim of sensitizing teenagers to the issue of poaching in rural Namibia, Schott and his co-writer Girley Jazama took up the opportunity to tell this story from the inside out; through the eyes of an innocent but toughened-by-life girl.

“Through this storytelling device the aim is to reach an audience worldwide and for audiences to understand some of the underlying social issues in rural Namibia that can lead to poaching”

Auditions are currently under way at Macedonia Parish in Katutura. For further information email or The Namibian

NEWS FLASH
The Index to Namibian Laws - NAMLEX - has been updated to 7 December 2018.
It is also downloadable as a whole document in Pdf.

OSIRE
On 1 December, the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC) and Sister Namibia participated in the 16 Days of Activism by organizing a training on Gender Based Violence for women and girls in Osire Refugee Settlement (Namibia).

Same rights as freehold land apply
In a landmark ruling, the Namibian Supreme Court has granted a woman in Zambezi legal ownership of her land under customary
laws.
New Era
Allafrica
NamibianSun
Full Judgment

2nd LAND CONFERENCE - 28 September 2018

The Legal Assistance Centre is aware of reports that a number of civil society organisations and other movements have opted to boycott the above Land Conference. We respect and understand their positions.
After lengthy discussion we have opted to take part in the Conference. We hasten to say that we have serious concerns about the composition of delegates invited to the Conference which we believe is particularly weighted in favour of government. However, this is also an opportunity for dialogue and for us to argue a perspective based on the law and on evidence we have collected from the grassroots communities we deal with on a daily basis. This perspective may not come to light to the delegates in any other manner.
We place on the record that the LAC’s attendance should not be used to legitimize the process but should be seen as an opportunity for us to raise reasoned legal and constitutional issues as well as factual information gleaned from our extensive engagement with concerns of access to land.
As the spokesperson from Right to Know (R2K) said at a breakfast meeting hosted by the Action Coalition and the Namibia Media Trust this morning:

“There is a space for civil society outside the room and a space for civil society inside the room.”

We aim to be both.

Press release: The Legal Assistance Centre held a training workshop on WILDLIFE CRIME for 16 local/regional prosecutors, magistrates, MET park wardens and investigators from Nampol. The training was held in Divundu, Kavango East Region, facilitated by the LAC, Advocate Daniel Small, two project officers from TRAFFIC Wildlife Trade Monitoring Network and a private investigator.
In the media: AZ, Nampa, Lela

Sharing information on Women’s and Children’s Rights: German Government supports Legal Assistance Centre

On 22 August 2018, German Ambassador Christian Schlaga and Toni Hancox, Director of the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC), signed a funding agreement on LAC’s project “Sharing information on Women’s and Children’s Rights”. The German Government supports this human rights project with 683.000,00 Namibian Dollar.
LAC Press release and Photo
New Era "Star of the Week"

30TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS

We were celebrating our 30th anniversary during the first week of July 2018. Human rights is our business and we encourage debate and education. Several debates took place at two symposiums while we also had an OPEN OFFICE DAY together with distribution of educational material about human rights issues.
See also the article in the Namibian Sun

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MISSION STATEMENT
We, the Legal Assistance Centre, being a public interest law centre, 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.
Annotated Statutes and regulations

Updated to 31 March 2019
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Annotated Regulations

Udated to 31 March 2019 -uploaded

Namlex 2019 Update

Updated to 31 March 2019 -uploaded

Gazettes

Full Archive of Gazettes

New series published under current news
ProBono
New Laws passed

Act 1 of 2019 Public Enterprises Governance

Act 23:
Seeds and Seed varietiesGaming and Entertainment Control
Act 22:
Administration of Estates Amendment
Act 21:
Repeal of Obsolete Laws
Act 20:
International Co-operation in Criminal Matters Amendment
Act 19:
Extradition Amensment
Act 18:
Public Service Amendment
Act 17:
National Symbols
Act 16:
Namibia Deposit Guarantee
Act 15:
Appropriation Amendment
Act 14: Criminal Procedure Repeal
Regulations:
Public Private Partnership

Safety for Children

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