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.
Public consultations start on the revision of the Births, Marriages and Deaths Registration Act
14 February: The LAC is assisting the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration with its consultations on the Births Marriages and Deaths Registration Act. The first request for public input was published in The Namibian today.
Release of new circulars on domestic violence for service providers
12 February: GR&AP releases new circulars for service providers on protecting children affected by child abuse and the linkage between domestic violence and HIV.
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
Legal Assistance Centre launches new initiative to prevent babydumping
24 January 2013: The LAC launches a new initiative to prevent babydumping using social media and public participation as the key to success....
In support of the 16 Days of Activism against GBV
23 November 2012: The 16 Days of Activism run from 25 November
(International Day Against Violence Against
Women) to 10 December (International Human
Rights Day) in order to symbolically link violence
against women and human rights and to emphasise
that such violence is a violation of human rights.
Namibia suffers from an unacceptably high
incidence of GBV.....
Increasing Agricultural Land Tax Causing More Harm Than Good?
2 November 2012: GOVERNMENT recently announced plans to increase commercial agricultural land tax as it looks for N$400 million in the next five years to buy more farms for its land reform programme. Article by Willem Odendaal.
Namibian women were sterilized without consent, judge rules (on CNN)
30 July 2012: Judge Hoff ruled on Monday that three HIV-positive women in Namibia were sterilized without their informed consent.
Read the full Judgment in Pdf.
News in the UK Guardian
BBC: Namibia judge backs sterilised women
In remembrance of YET ANOTHER victim of domestic violence
As Namibia marks the tragic death of another young women due to domestic violence, the Legal Assistance Centre would like to bring people's attention to the following finding from our forthcoming report Seeking Safety: 1 in every 2 victims out of domestic violence receives a death threat from the abuser. This statistic is based on information from a large sample of people who applied for protection orders in Namibia.