URGENT NOTICE: In light of the spread of the novel corona virus – COVID-19, we would like to limit face to face interactions and consultations with clients, as much as reasonably possible. If clients are not able to call, fax, and/or email us, please leave contact details at reception and we will reach out to you. We will only be the doing face to face consultations where any other means of taking instructions are not possible.
Pro Bono 46 – The role of Traditional Authorities in promoting sustainable use of Namibia’s natural resources
Customary law has since Pre-colonial times played a central role in the protection of Namibia’s environment and communally shared natural resources. At independence, the Namibian Constitution through Article 95(l) placed a duty on the government to develop an appropriate legal framework to protect the environment and to promote the sustainable utilisation of the nation’s natural resources. Namibia’s current legal framework on Traditional Authorities and communal land user rights outlines the responsibilities of Traditional Authorities in achieving these goals.
Basic Education Act 3 of 2020 promulgated
This Act comes into operation, subject to subsection (2), on a date to be determined by the Minister by notice in the Gazette and different dates may be determined under subsection (1) for the commencement of different provisions of this Act.
Pro Bono 44 – Ancestral land rights
Many of Namibia’s indigenous communities lost their ancestral lands during the colonial and apartheid times. Yet the topic of ancestral land claims has been an uneasy political debate since Namibia gained its independence in 1990. Also in The Namibian and this Blog by Willem Odendaal.
The ACTION Coalition welcomes the Access to Information (ATI) Bill that has been tabled in the National Assembly by Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Hon. Peya Mushelenga, in June 2020.
On the whole, the ACTION Coalition considers the ATI Bill to be a strong one, that for the
most part captures the essence and contains the necessary substance of a modern,
workable access to information framework. However, there are a limited number of important concerns with specific sections of the Bill that we feel need to be addressed with the aim of making the eventual law and regulatory framework even stronger. Please read the statement.
23 June 2020 – Presidential visit with the actors of “Baxu and the giants”
Today the LAC met with H.E. Dr Hage Geingob and handed him a collection of postcards written by learners from Zambezi and Khomas Regions, encouraging the President to take wildlife protection seriously and continue to conserve our environment. The main actors of the LAC commissioned film “Baxu and the Giants”, Camilla Jo-Ann Daries and Wafeeq /Narimab joined us for this occasion. Camilla and Wafeeq enjoyed doing the Baxu greeting with the President. Here also in the New Era.
9 June 2020 – ANNOTATED STATUTES
We prepared annotated statues on all of the Covid-19 regulations for a better understanding of the laws made.
11 May 2020 – COVID-19 SUMMARY OF STAGE 2 REGULATIONS
The State of Emergency – COVID-19 Regulations were issued in terms of Article 26(5) of the Namibian Constitution, after the President declared a State of Emergency because of the worldwide outbreak of the disease known as COVID-19.
The initial regulations were issued on 23 March 2020 in Proclamation 9 of 2020 and amended on 18 April 2020 by Proclamation 13 of 2020.
This first set of emergency regulations expired at the end of lockdown on 4 May 202.
They were then replaced with a new set of “Stage 2” State of Emergency – COVID-19 Regulations issued in Proclamation 17 dated 4 May 2020.
A complete summary of all relevant laws are here.
30 April 2020 – STATEMENT ON LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS
The State of Emergency – COVID-19 Regulations were issued in terms of Article 26(5) of the Namibian Constitution, after the President declared a State of Emergency because of the worldwide outbreak of the disease known as COVID-19. The initial regulations were issued on 23 March 2020 in Proclamation 9 of 2020 and amended on 18 April by Proclamation 13 of 2020.
This publication was produced by the Legal Assistance Centre,
on “Your Rights in Namibia” during the global Covid-19 pandemic.
The research done herein was undertaken by the LAC, with reference to all relevant local Government publications and statements issued during the time.
While the measures taken by government to contain the spread of COVID19 are welcomed, the #MeTooNamibia movement, a coalition of human rights organisations and activists across the country which offers support to the survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, says that this will come with the reality that incurrences of S/GBV may go unreported.
This infographic details how you can reach out during the lockdown.
PRESS RELEASE – COVID-19 State of Emergency and Lockdown Measures
Call on Security Personnel
The Legal Assistance Centre herewith calls upon the Namibian Police, the National Defence Force, and any other persons and organizations mandated to ensure compliance with security measures, to act in accordance with the Police Act 19 of 1990, and the subsequent Regulations in terms thereof and the Defence Act 1 of 2002, when dealing with persons during the state of emergency and lockdown.
All police and security personnel are called upon to ensure no human rights violations occur, which have not been derogated in terms of the Constitution of Namibia.