Namibia

Latest court judgments affirm LGBTIQ+ rights, older supreme court judgment still an impediment

Concern over increasing police brutality; Progressive court pronouncement on LGBTQI+ marriage constrained by previous court decision; Transgender woman wins police abuse case; Read more

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Latest court judgments affirm LGBTIQ+ rights, older supreme court judgment still an impediment

Mass #ShutItAllDown protests demand action against rising GBV

Throughout several months this year, there have been a series of abductions and gender-based violence cases which prompted youths and civil society organisations to begin protests calling for government action to address the rising numbers; CSOs call for enactment of Access to Information Bil Read more

Mass #ShutItAllDown protests demand action against rising GBV

Namibians take to the streets in separate protests

Namibians hold separate protests on various socio-economic issues including employment, police brutality, land and housing, mining and environmental protection Read more

 Namibians take to the streets in separate protests

First ever lesbian festival organised by civil society in Namibia

On 21st December 2017, the feminist organisation Women's Leadership Centre (WLC) organised the first Namibian Lesbian Festival in the country's capital Windhoek. The festival gathered more than 80 LGBTQ women from eight regions of the country who came together for the first time. Read more

First ever lesbian festival organised by civil society in Namibia

Local residents mobilised in protest over authorities' decision on hospital

On 24th May 2017, residents of Ondangwa organised a peaceful protest over the decision to build a referral hospital in Ongwediva, instead of Ondangwa, which is a fast-growing city of about 45,000 residents with only one small clinic to serve the city and the surrounding villages. Read more

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Local residents mobilised in protest over authorities' decision on hospital

Expression

The freedom of expression is recognised in Chapter 3 of the Constitution. Namibia ranks higher on media freedom indices than most African states, and a media ombudsman office has been in existence since 2009 and acts independently of the government. Read more

Peaceful Assembly

Chapter 3 of the Constitution also recognises the freedom of assembly. This is generally upheld, although workers in parts of the public sector deemed essential have no right to take strike action. Read more

Association

Chapter 3 of the Constitution upholds the right of association. This right is largely realised, including for trade unions, although the government is sensitive about the expression of political and human rights dissent by civil society and has threatened and harassed CSOs on occasion. Read more

Namibia-Overview

Namibia can be characterised as a democratic one-party state. While elections are free and fair, it has been ruled by the same party – SWAPO – since independence, organised political opposition is minimal and there is close overlap between ruling party and state. Read more