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2016 Annual ReportPresenting our Annual report 2016. It list our work and activities, new publications, donors and much more.

Leasehold for small-scale farmers - summary

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


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


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


Namibian Law on Civil MarriageThis booklet is designed to assist councillors and couples alike to consider the right decision.


Adequate Housing and EvictionA Brief Overview of Namibian and South African (Case) Law in the Context of Informal Settlements
N$ tba


2014 Annual ReportRead in this 2014 report about the work and achievements of the LAC.


Research reportGRAP has released their new report on LGBT issues recently.
Download free
Hard N$ 100

Third Amendment here

2013 Annual ReportDedicated to all those who made it possible to achieve a free, democratic and independent Namibia.


Animations pageGRAP releases new animated videos on punishment, maintenance and protection orders.


Scraping the PotA full study focusing on the living conditions of the San communities in Namibia.
N$ 250.00


Maintenance report 2013An assessment of the operation of Namibia's Maintenance Act 9 of 2003.



30th Anniversary celebrations
We are celebrating our 30th anniversary during the first week of July 2018. Human rights is our business and we encourage debate and education. The debates will take place at two symposiums while we will educate at an OPEN OFFICE DAY together with distribution of educational material about human rights issues.
SYMPOSIUM 1 - "Land Rights - Strategies that will work" on Monday, 2 Juy @18:00-20:00 at NUST Minig Auditorium in Wagner Street
SYMPOSIUM 2 - "Education, unemployment and the youth - are we failing our future?" on Wednesday, 4 July @ 18:00-20:00 at NUST Mining Auditorium
OPEN OFFICE DAY on Friday, 6 July @ 9:00-15:00 in Post Street Mall, City Centre
All events are free to the public and we are looking forward to welcoming you!

Civil society deeply concerned about attack on HR defender in Mozambique
It is with sadness that the undersigned civil society organisations express deep concern about the attack on Mozambique human rights defender, Ericino de Salema, which took place in Maputo on 27th March 2018. Read more

Himba chief loses official status
VETERAN Ovahimba traditional leader Hikuminue Kapika has lost his official designation as chief of his community in the Epupa area of the Kunene region. (by Werner Menges of the Namibian) or here.
Mutaambanda Kapika versus Ministry of Urban and Rural Development and others (case law)

Press release: The LSSA will this week from 5-7 February 2018, take to court its challenge of the constitutionality of President Jacob Zuma’s part in sponsoring the demise of the SADC Tribunal in its original form.
The court challenge by LSSA is part of a region wide effort by law societies of the SADC Region in terms of a resolution by the SADC-LA Council to challenge and engage governments for allowing the removal of the SADC Tribunal’s jurisdiction over individual and institutional rights cases.
Comments in this regard are welcomed on our Facebook page.

Media Statement by the Action Coalition on UK based lawyers on the Genocide issue
Recently there have been numerous reports in our media about alleged exorbitant fees paid to legal counsel in the United Kingdom for research done around Namibia's genocide reparatons demands.

Press release: 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 here

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
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

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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 3 May 2018

Annotated Regulations

Udated to 3 May 2018

Namlex 2017 Update

Updated to 31 December 2017


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Posters from the Embassy of Finland
IDASA Namibia Reports

Unfinished Business: Democracy in Namibia

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Safety for Children

Winner of the Karuaihe Award 2014 and 2016

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