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COMMENT ON HUMAN RIGHTS

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2020

ALL ANNUAL REPORTS

2017 Annual ReportPresenting our Annual report 2018. It list our work and activities, new publications, donors and much more.

FACT SHEETS ON THE CHILD CARE AND PROTECTION ACT

2018 AdvocacyThis is a summary of all of the materials published before in 3 languages.English
Afrikaans
Oshiwambo .

FACT SHEETS ON ADVOCACY

2018 AdvocacyA series of six on
"How laws are made", Common Law,
Statute Law, Customary
and Inter- national Law.

FACT SHEETS ON THE GOVERNMENT

2018 Rule of LawIn a series of 8 we explain
Government structures, branches, watchdogs, elections and how new laws are made.

FACT SHEETS ON RULE OF LAW

2018 Rule of LawA series of six on "How laws are made", Common Law, Statute Law, Customary
and Inter- national Law.

Comic on Poaching

With the current rise of poaching incidents this comic aids to protect our heritage...




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.

 

 


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

and GUIDELINES FOR STAGE 2 UNDER STATE OF EMERGENCY

COVID-19 SUMMARY OF 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 by Proclamation 13 of 2020.

YOUR RIGHTS IN A GLOBAL PANDEMIC

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.

MeToo
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.

OFFICE CLOSURE
In light of the additional COVID-19 measures by the President and National Assembly, the LAC closure will be extended to 16 April 2020. All business will continue as usual via our respective emails, Facebook, cell, and fax lines.

PROBONO 41 - Law Society of Namibia
The recent Fishrot scandal has led to some concerns about the Law Society of Namibia (LSN), as question marks about possible related activities of several lawyers and law firms. After several calls for action from the public in this regard, the LSN released two press statements at the beginning of December 2019. Read on...

PRESS RELEASE - State of Emergency
In light of the World Health Organization’s designation of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) as a global pandemic, the President of the Republic of Namibia on 17 March 2020, declared a state of (public health) emergency in Namibia.
The LAC herewith releases the above Press Release with a clarification on the matter. The press release is supported by the Action Coalition, a proponent of freedom of expression in Namibia.

NAMLEX Update
We are happy to announce the newest update to the Index of Namibian Laws up to the end of 2019. Full document as PDF or as link above.
The Annotated Statutes and Regulations are also fully updated.

Launching of booklet on the use of Force by Law Enforcement Officers
In collaboration with the Hanns Seidel Foundation, we launched a booklet analysing the use of excessive force by law enforcement officers, which sometimes results in civilians losing their lives. Read the article in the Namibian or pdf

Baxu screening at the DHPS on 6 February 2020
 ‘Baxu and the Giants’ will have its first public screening of the year at the DHPS Auditorium, on Thursday, 6 February at 18H30 for 19H00 in the Auditorium.
Entrance is free but any donations to the Save the Rhino Trust will be welcome and will be collected after the event. .

Serious access to information concerns that dogged electoral governance before, during and after the November 27 elections
As the Legal Assistance Centre is a member of the Action Coalition we wish to reiterate this press statement made:
"Elections are highly sensitive periods in any democracy. Every effort should be made by relevant authorities and stakeholders to ensure the integrity of electoral processes and institutions, as electoral governance has an irrefutably immense impact on political and socio-economic, not to mention substantive democratic, outcomes in societies, especially in relatively young countries such as Namibia."

The ACTION Coalition has identified five issues of particular concern, namely:
1. Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs)
2. Voting (voter education, voting and counting)
3. Verification and Election results
4. Political finance
5. Interactions with media and other electoral observers
Please read full statement here.

EU funds our Gender Research and Advocacy Project
The two-year project will be rolled out under the theme: 'Love With Respect And Discipline With Care: Outreach On Gender Based Violence, Alternatives To Corporal Punishment And The Childcare And Protection Act.'
Project leader Dianne Hubbard said it will include 10 radio shows, 36 community workshops, new comics about the act, a You Tube video on corporal punishment and reprints of materials on the links between GBV and corporal punishment.
We wish to express our sincere gratitude for this donation. Read here: NBC or Namibian.

Protestors demand arrest of senior public officials implicated in corruption
NBC reports: Protestors from Windhoek marched to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Friday, 22 November, denouncing the ongoing corruption in the country.
The demonstration was triggered by revelations of bribery and corruption scandal involving former Cabinet ministers and prominent figures from the private sector. LAC and various lawyers took part.

Pro Bono: Election Day: What to do if you witness an irregularity
The forthcoming elections are the nation’s sixth national election. So far, Namibia has avoided the pitfalls of many nations whose elections are marred by violence and fraud.
There is always the possibility that some person or party may attempt to unfairly influence an election. As a citizen you have a right to be concerned, even though no election fraud has ever been proved in Namibia.
Some have expressed concerns about the missing electronic voting machines. Public awareness of the procedures will help to safeguard the process. Read more...



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COVID-19 State of Emercency complete summary

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COVID-19 related laws published in Government Gazettes

new 7214 - Child protection response
new 7213 - Fishing industry - stage 2
7204 - Suspension of laws, labour law
7203 - Lockdown stage 2 regulations
7201 - Hand sanitizer standards
7200 - Works and transport
7198 - Judicial amendments
7195 - Covid-19 Labour directives
7194 - Suspension of certain laws
7191 - Open markets and trading
7190 - Environment and tourism
7189 - Health directives
7185 - Business and trading
7184 - Prisons and inmates derectives
7183 - Regional and Local Councils
7182 - Finance Regulations
7180 - Covid Regulation's amendment
7169 - Medical Aids Funds
7166 - Bank of Namibia policy change
7163 - Pathology Act enacted
7160 - Judicial Proceedings
7159 - State of Emergency

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MISSION STATEMENT
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

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Annotated Regulations

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Namlex 2020 Update

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