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
We 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)
The 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
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 rights.
End of the Game
CONSERVATION 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
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!”