Concerned civil society groups calls on government to address xenophobia by the Ministry of Safety and Security. A letter has been addressed also to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.
Press release by the Ministry of Safety and Security
With additional information
The International Criminal Court
Questions and Answers and why Namibia should stay.
Article by the LAC.
Constitutional Crisis? Citizenship: yes or no?
Article by Toni Hancox and Dianne Hubbard as well as other articles.
Critical Roads or bad driving?
According to the National Road Safety Council, Namibia’s road injury fatality rate far exceeds the African continental average of 26.6 per 100 000 at 31 per 100 000. Read more...
28 April 2016: Squatters’ rights are violated
The lack of safe drinking water and sanitation in many of Windhoek’s
informal settlements is a serious violation of basic human rights.
17 March 2016: Launch of research briefs
on corporal punishment, maintenance and cohabitation - Info
3 February 2016: Domestic Violence and Police Response - Press release
29 February 2016: Request for public comment on the NEEEF bill extended to 29 April 2016
Please read the newspaper advert and here the National Equitable Economic Empowerment Bill
11 February: Launch of the publication
NAMIBIAN LAW ON CIVIL MARRIAGE: a question and answer package followed by training
10 December: Celebrating Human Rights Day
As Namibia celebrates Human Rights Day, we the Legal Assistance Centre call on the country to
continue its fight against violence. To do this we have to recognise that the problems start early. We have to
make changes at the level of our individual families if we are to make a change to our society.
Press release here
Youtube video here
"In the news"
Intervention in Kavango grazing dispute was positive
Government intervention in the dispute between Vakwangali communities
and Ovawambo cattle owners in the former Kavango region a couple of
years ago was a success, according to researcher Theodor Muduva, a
paralegal and public outreach officer at the Legal Assistance Centre.
This reports the Namibian. Theodor's report
Namibia’s planned withdrawal from the International Criminal Court
The Legal Assistance Centre is greatly saddened by the news that Namibia plans to withdraw from the
International Criminal Court. Read also in All Africa
Winner of the JP Karuaihe Human Rights Excellence Award
received the prize for our outreach during Namibia's celebration of 25
years of Independence, providing copies of the Constitution to members
of the public as well as updating our guide "Know your Constitution"
and for our work on alternatives to corporal punishment. See also our Facebook page.
Hai//om sue for rights over Etosha
MEMBERS of the Hai//om San community have launched a potentially
ground-breaking court case through which they are trying to have their
ancestral rights over Etosha National Park and the Mangetti area
recognised and enforced. Reports the Namibian Newspaper
Hai//om set to make legal history with Etosha aboriginal land claim reports Osisa
Save Water: My Right, my Responsibility
The Constitution of Namibia provides for the right to human dignity, and part of this right is access to
safe, sufficient and affordable water. However, this right goes hand in hand with a responsibility to use
water appropriately. (Workplace Water policy)
Legal Assistance Centre extends its condolences to the family of
Jacqueline Kuaseua and Cecilia Kambuu Kuaseua. Their tragic murder has
sent shockwaves across the nation. Many people have asked whether it is
permissible for a teacher to have a relationship with a learner. The
answer is a clear and emphatic
Peaceful land provision
We noted with much concern the reactions on social media and in other
fora on the pronouncement made by the Affirmative Repositioning
movement that land should be allocated to applicants by 31 July 2015,
or it would be occupied illegally. Here a call upon all....
More in the
New Era report
"Dwaal net rond" -The Forgotten
for more info see Namibian Sun
a film by Thorsten Schütte, narrated by Matilde Kulo, tells the story
of Immanuel Xoagub, one of many jobless farmworkers in Namibia, who is
trying to fight his precarious living situation by claiming his lawful
End of the Game
CONCERN ... Writer and conservationist Christiaan Bakkes, has been
involved in Namibia's community-based conservation programme over the
past 20 years, Bakkes is questioning whether the programme is still the
success it has been hailed as. Read on...
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...
Government loses appeal on 48-hour rule
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.