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Combating the Use of Sexual Violence as a Weapon of Conflict In Zimbabwe
12/12/2008: Sexual violence has long been used as a weapon of political suppression by Zanu-PF in Zimbabwe, and is becoming increasingly endemic.

Zim to ignore tribunal ruling
02/12/2008: Despite this "very significant judgement", the government of Zimbabwe has rejected a regional court ruling that said 78 white Zimbab-weans could keep their farms despite that country's land reform scheme.

Gender violence takes centre stage
01/12/2008: A high-level inter-ministerial committee on gender-based violence, which LAC is a member of, was launched last week, following a 2002 Cabinet resolution to improve monitoring and evaluation on the strategies of gender-based violence.

Editors reject 'spy clause' in Comms Bill
27/11/08: LAC Director Norman Tjombe warns that a proposed Communications Bill, giving the Namibia Central Intelligence Service (NCIS) wide-ranging powers to spy on citizens without court approval, is similar to Zimbabwe's Interception of Communications Bill, which that country uses to threaten journalists and their sources, who are already subject to a battery of repressive laws.

Jamaican detained for unpaid hotel bill remains in custody
13/11/08: An elderly Jamaican citizen, an LAC-client, who has experienced more than 20 months of detention without charge or trial over a massive unpaid hotel bill is set to face a further wait of more than six months in custody before going on trial in the Windhoek Regional Court.

Director rejects 'bogus college' claims
11/11/08: The Legal Assistance Centre, acting on behalf of 14 Zimbabwean students, issued a summons against post-secondary school officials for N$141 000 in fees and rent paid to Higher Learning International Centre. The students claim that the Centre was falsely advertised when they were recruited from Zimbabwe, as a grandiose operation with a sprawling campus and departments located throughout the city.

Can Employers Afford Sexual Harrasment?
31/10/2008: Sexual harassment is often ignored by employers because it is not considered to be a serious issue. But sexual harassment is no joke. It is a violation of basic human rights. The Namibian Constitution states that every person in Namibia has the right to dignity and privacy. This includes not having to suffer from sexual harassment in the workplace.

Minister wants to fast-track land reform
14/10/2008: Following Legal Assistance Centre comments that Namibia's land reform programme was a "zero-sum game" that merely swaps one form of poverty for another in its current resettlement programme, the Lands Minister expressed disappointment at the slow pace of land reform and urged the Land Reform Advisory Commission to find ways to accelerate resettlement.

Caprivi torture cases settled out of court
02/10/2008: Three civil claims against Government in connection with the torture of people who were detained following separatist attacks that were carried out at Katima Mulilo on August 2 1999 were settled out of court.

Nam in denial about jail sex
19/08/2008: Namibia's efforts to control the spread of HIV-AIDS will be of little effect unless human rights violations against prisoners receive equal attention, a new study by the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC) suggests.

Zimbabwe exiles on a warpath with Mugabe
19/08/2008: The Zimbabwe Exiles Forum (ZEF), throught the help of the LAC, has lodged an urgent application with the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Tribunal in Windhoek to declare President Robert Mugabe's government illegal and force regional leaders to stop inviting him to their meetings.

Lands Ministry 'mismanaged...in bad shape'
01/08/2008: The Ministry of Lands and Resettlement's land reform programme is "in bad shape and mismanaged on just about every level", a new LAC report claims.

Shoot to Kill: City Police accused of reckless gun use
08/2008: Three incidents suggest a pattern involving negligent and irresponsible use of guns by the Windhoek City Police.

Police partly to blame for suicide
24/07/2008: A case in which the mother and former girlfriend of a murder suspect, who committed suicide in 2004, sued the Minister of Safety and Security over the incident, has returned to the High Court with a ruling that the Police can only be held partially liable for the suspect's death.

Court confirms legality of dual citizenship for some Namibians
09/07/2008:A landmark judgement on dual citizenship in Namibia, delivered in the High Court last week, affirms that Namibian citizens by birth or descent can also hold the citizenship of another country without having to renounce their Namibian citizenship.

The Problem of Sex Work in Namibia
04/07/2008: Recent research conducted on behalf of the Legal Assistance Centre shows that 56 per cent of the women had been beaten by their clients, 50 per cent had been forced to have sex without a condom and 44 per cent had experienced trouble with the police.

Nam urged to break ties with Mugabe
Pressure is mounting on President Hifikepunye Pohamba to sever diplomatic ties with Zimbabwe following the deepening political crisis in that country. Yesterday, Namibian political parties and NGO organisations, such as the LAC, joined international condemnation of President Robert Mugabe government, calling the leader's regime "illegitimate".

Govt lawyers rebuked for delays in Caprivi torture claim case
13/06/08: Government lawyers who last week asked for a postponement of a trial on three civil claims against the Minister of Home Affairs over the alleged torture of the LAC's clients in the Caprivi high treason matter received the postponement that they wanted, but also some criticism, in a ruling given in the High Court yesterday.

Namibian women need more rights to land
22/05/2008: Shortcomings in laws dealing with communal land rights and traditional authorities are so diverse that they should be amended to better secure property rights for widows and single women, handle land disputes and give land boards more clout to act, a LAC study reveals.

Namibians say NO to arms
25/04/2008: About 200 Namibians of all races and ages yesterday demonstrated against the Chinese ship An Yue Jiang carrying weapons for Zimbabwe in an LAC-led protest in front of the Chinese embassy.

Ship of shame sails for Angola
24/04/2008: As the LAC raised alarm on the Chinese ship carrying weapons destined for Zimbabwe, calls for an international arms embargo against Zimbabwe gained momentum.

Law tested in water vs mining case
11/04/2008: The LAC is challenging a decision by the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry that granted water permits to a large Canadian-owned mining company in the Namib Plains, one of the driest areas of Namibia.

Supreme Court hears appeal on rape of disabled child
08/04/2008: A landmark judgement, in which the High Court last year ordered the Minister of Education to pay more than N$100 000 to a LAC-assisted child and her guardian because of an alleged rape by a teacher when she was supposed to be in the safety of a State school hostel, went on appeal in the Supreme Court yesterday.

N$6 b health budget not enough: LAC
19/03/2008: New budgetary allocation for the health sector is not sufficient to overcome the challenges, including HIV and AIDS, the Health Ministry has to face, the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC) has pointed out.

Court halts expropriation of four Namibian farms
07/03/2008: Citing an LAC report on land expropriation, a High Court judge ruled the Namibian government's attempt to expropriate four farms belonging to German nationals did not comply with legal provisions and, therefore, must be stopped.

Farmers alarmed by water permit for uranium mine
07/03/2008: LAC-assisted farmers are questioning how a Canadian mining company received a water permit to extract thousands of cubic metres of water from an underground river in one of the driest areas of Namibia.

Apartheid still exists in Namibia
17/01/2008: The LAC is lobbying to change discriminatory laws that provide for different marital regimes for couples of African descent that marry north of the Police Zone in northern Namibia.

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