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Why the Sodomy Law Had to be Repealed

What is sodomy? ‘Sodomy’ is part of the Roman-Dutch common law inherited by Namibia at independence. Historically, it was the legal label given to all manner of ‘unnatural’ sexual offences, including masturbation, oral sex and anal intercourse between people of the same sex or opposite sexes, sexual intercourse with animals and...

Workshops on amendments to the CCPA

The GRAP team, Yolande and Celine held consultative workshops in Outapi and Opuwo last week to gather feedback on proposed amendments to the Child Care and Protection Act (CCPA). Key findings: Stakeholder participation: Outapi: 52 attendees, mostly professionals working with children. Only 5 had received CCPA training. Opuwo: 36 attendees, mostly unfamiliar with CCPA except for...

Namlex 31 October 2023 Update

31 October 2023 – 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.  All information is current up to 31 October 2023. We also have published full searchable indexes of Pre-independence gazettes  as published by the official Government gazette  printers. ...

Oil and gas conference

In our race for progress – we cannot forget that sustainable development is not ONLY about technological advancement. Presentation by Corinna van Wyk at the Oil and Gas Conference It is ultimately about the nurturing, protecting and levelling the core of progress: Our natural resources and its custodians without which development cannot...

AGS joint statement on same-sex couples immigration rights

Statement:  SUPREME COURT JUDGMENT ON THE SAME-SEX COUPLES’ IMMIGRATION RIGHTS CASE We, the partners of Afrikagrupperna, a Swedish solidarity organisation, are a group of diverse organisations from Angola, Namibia, Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe. We work in the areas of labour rights, sexual and reproductive health and rights, climate justice and...

Appeal against RECON’s extention of Clearance Certificate lodged

Windhoek, Namibia 21 April 2023 APPEAL LODGED AGAINST RECONNAISSANCE ENERGY NAMIBIA’s CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE (ECC 00091) EXTENSION The Ncumcara Community Forest Management Committee, Muduva Nyanagana Communal Conservancy Management Committee, Katope Community Forest Management Committee and the Kavango East and West Regional Conservancy and Community Forest Association have lodged an appeal on 22 June...

30 Years of Gender Research and Advocacy

30 YEARS OF GENDER RESEARCH & ADVOCACY by Dianne Hubbard Having passed the retirement age for the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC), I will be ending my 30-year stint as the coordinator of the Gender Research & Advocacy Project (GR&AP) at the end of February. This makes it a fitting time to look back...

What did Parliament do in 2022

January is always a good time to reflect on the past year. What laws were passed by Parliament in 2022? Here is an overview. Parliament passed 16 statutes in 2022, with only three of these introducing new laws. The remainder were amendments or repeals of existing laws. APPROPRIATIONS Every year, parliament passes an “Appropriation...