On the 20th of November 2014 Namibia will join the rest of the world in commemorating the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The event will be held at Utopia fresh n wild where several activities such as plays and an art exhibition by students from various schools across the country will take place. The CRC is the most ratified international human rights treaty in history and has made a difference in the lives of many children across the world.
In order to make Namibia a place fit for children, the Ombudsman initiated a human rights awareness raising project for school children, entitled: “My School, My Rights, My Responsibility”.Complaints investigators from our head office and regional offices, visited 200 schools in all Regions of the country and spoke to a total of 41147 learners as of April to October 2014,making children aware of not only their rights, but also of their responsibilities. We hope that this project will be the forerunner of compulsory human rights education in primary and secondary schools in Namibia.
The Ombudsman; Advocate John Walters was named as the president of the International Ombudsman Institute (IOI), at the annual board members meeting held in Vienna, Austria. Advocate Walters had previously served as vice president.
Established in 1978, the IOI is the only global organization for the cooperation of more than 150 Ombudsman institutions including Namibia. This year’s meeting which took place from 27-29 October 2014 also served as a Prize giving ceremony where current and former IOI members were presented with honorary life membership for their contribution to the institute. For more details on the annual board meeting and the IOI in general please visit their website at http://www.theioi.org/the-i-o-i/about-the-ioi
The Office of the Ombudsman of Namibia strives to promote and protect human rights, fair and effective administration, combat misappropriation or misuse of public resources and protect the environment and natural resources of Namibia through the independent and impartial investigation and resolution of complaints and through raising public awareness