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2007 - In the News

Conservancy fires manager for alleged theft
17/12/2007: The LAC plays staff clean-up in the process to help conservancies draft their constitutions and enter into joint ventures with private tourism operators.

Caprivi Strip proclaimed park
23/11/2007: Government has officially proclaimed the former Caprivi Game Reserve as the Bwabwata National Park, also incorporating the Mahango Game Park in the west and the existing Mamili Game Park south of Sangwali along the Linyanti River.

Detention case to High Court
22/11/2007: The LAC filed an urgent application with the High Court in Windhoek, arguing for the release from prison of a 67-year-old Jamaican man who has spent the last 19 months in jail over money he allegedly owes the Windhoek Country Club and Casino.

Mbok arrested on fraud charge
09/10/2007: Representing a group of residents, the LAC is pursuing a case against a man who allegedly sold homes to numerous people but never built them.

100 Years of Etosha: Not everyone is celebrating
05/10/2007: While dignitaries celebrated the national park's centenary, little was mentioned about about the pain, neglect and disregard that Etosha's former inhabitants - the Hai//om - endured after they were evicted from the park in the 1950s.

Forgotten farmworkers still waiting
24/08/2007: The government's land expropriation policy is affecting Namibian families who have worked as farm labourers for more than half a century.

Ground Zero
19/07/2007: Following the LAC's call on government to declare a state of emergency in the public health service, this investigation into some of Windhoek's hospitals finds lice, broken toilet bowls and hundreds of clinic patients queuing for the attention of one of three doctors on duty.

Ruling deals blow to centuries-old discrimination
13/07/2007: The LAC led a battle to change a legal rule inherited from centuries of discrimination that stated children born out of wedlock in Namibia did not have the same rights to inherit from their father, that children born within a marriage had.

We can't expect violence to change until attitudes do
21/06/2007: The LAC's director calls for a change of attitude to end gender-based violence and rape.

LAC sounds alarm on Zim lawyers
09/05/2007: The LAC raised alarm about reports that two human rights lawyers in Zimbabwe were arrested without charge and held despite two court orders to allow them access to their lawyers and families.

Gays and lesbians left out of AIDS policy: LAC
26/03/2007:The LAC raises alarm over the exclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual people from the recently adopted National Policy on HIV and AIDS.

LAC to represent squatters
11/01/2007: Representing an estimated 3 000 residents, the LAC is helping people living at 'Mix Camp', a private plot at Brakwater 20 km north of Windhoek, to help them fight an eviction order.