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LAC wins Human Rights Award

17 October 2008 - The LAC was the recipient of the Human Rights Award by the JP Karuaihe Trust Fund on 16 October 2008. The JP Karuaihe Trust Fund was launched on 25 March 1999 by Namibia's former president Dr. Sam Nujoma in Windhoek, Namibia.

The award was founded by the late Mrs. Nokokure Karuaihe at the time the widow of Judge Karuaihe as well as his sisters, with the assistance of friends and family. Since Judge Karuaihe died at the age of 39, the Fund was established to immortalize the ideas Judge Karuaihe stood for and to keep his legacy alive. "Fonnie", as he was better known, was a pioneer in many ways, but he stood out as a person seeking justice for all.

Despite limited financial and human resources, the LAC continues to provide important services throughout Namibia. The mission statement of the Legal Assistance Centre states that the Centre strives 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. But our mandate does not stop there, over the last 20 years, the LAC has taken a keen interest in events beyond Namibia, particularly in Zimbabwe and is current litigating in the regional court for and on behalf of citizens of Zimbabwe on the illegitimate government after the chaotic presidential elections earlier in 2008. It is through the unfailing dedication to achieving a human rights culture, not only in Namibia but in the surrounding countries, that the Legal Assistance Centre continues to thrive.

The Legal Assistance Centre is only able to carry out this vital work through the partnerships and relationships developed with the government of Namibia, NGOs, community organisations and the donors who allow the Legal Assistance Centre to continue the work that is so vitally needed in Namibia. Therefore as the Legal Assistance Centre accepts this award with thanks, we in turn thank all our partners for their support.