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Bwabwata National Park – The Khwe must be heard

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Constitutional and Legal Affairs (PSCCLA) will undertake a fact-finding visit to Bwabwata National Park in Kavango East from 14 to 16 March 2022. This is in response to a petition submitted by the Mbukushu Traditional Authority during October last year. Among other things, the petition...

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Combating of Rape Amendment Bill

The Combating of Rape Amendment Bill 2022 was tabled in Parliament by the Minister of Justice on 22 February 2022. This Bill fine-tunes and strengthens the Combating of Rape Act. GR&AP assisted in the development of Namibia’s progressive rape legislation, the Combating of Rape Act 8 of 2000, which came into force in 2000....

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Combating of Domestic Violence Amendment Bill

The Combating of Domestic Violence Amendment Bill was introduced in Parliament on 23 February 2022. You can find a copy of the bill here, and a PowerPoint presentation explaining the amendments to the left. We generally welcome the Bill, but were very concerned to see that it fails to address the exclusion...

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Taking the Law into own Hands

The Rule of Law and the Perils of taking the Law into One’s Own Hands A recent film clip shared on social media, shows five members of Affirmative Repositioning (AR) entering the business premises of Zhou Jiahua, a Chinese businessman based in Windhoek’s Northern Industrial area. The five men fiercely confront...

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Namlex 31 July 2022 Update

31 July 2022 – Namlex and annotated Statutes and Regulations We are happy to announce a full update to our Index to Laws (NAMLEX) and annotated statutes and regulations as well as Covid-19 rules.  All information is current up to 31 July 2022. We also have published full searchable indexes of Pre-independence gazettes  as published by the...

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Training materials

Gender Laws in Namibia in Powerpoint format These presentations are  in detailed versions for community leaders or service providers, and shorter versions suitable for community workshops available. Combating of Rape Act                                     Public       ...

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LAC Vacancies

Senior Legal Practitioner - Land, Environment and Development Project The Land, Environment and Development Project (LEAD)  is inviting dynamic applicants to apply for the above position commencing as soon as possible.  Minimum requirements are a LL.B degree or other recognized Law Degree with 4-6 years related experience as well as admission...

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Communal Land and Local Authorities

Today the LAC held a stakeholder engagement event regarding “Communal Land and Local Authorities” with the presence of the newly appointed Ombudsman Basilius Dyakugha. The Ombudsman The Ombudsman LAC at work Willem Odendaal Frieda Andreas Corinna van Wyk The presentation and discussions were focused around the ruling of the Supreme Court on Kashela Vs Katima...

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Hate Speech

Hate speech:  The South African Qwelane case and why it is relevant for Namibia What is the Qwelane Case about? “Speech is powerful – it has the ability to build, promote and nurture, but it can also denigrate, humiliate and destroy. Hate speech is one of the most devastating modes of subverting...

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Vaccine Mandates

Are vaccine mandates constitutional? “The right to choose what can and cannot be done to one’s body… is an inalienable human right. This is what the Namibian Supreme Court stated in a 2015 case involving a mother whose life was endangered when she refused a blood transfusion. Debates about Covid-19 vaccination have...

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