Public Hearings on Landreform

The Ombudsman will conduct public hearings on the Land Reform and Resettlement Programme to provide aggrieved persons/unsuccessful applicants/interested persons a platform to share their grievance or experience with the panel or submit written submissions to the Ombudsman in order to:

  • determine whether the Regional Resettlement Committee complied with the criteria when the desired applicants were selected
  • determine whether the selection criteria were applied consistently by the RRC during the selection process;
  • determine whether unsuccessful applicants were informed of the outcome of their applications and the reasons thereof;
  • determine how the RCC verifies the number of livestock an applicant owns
  • establish how many allocated farms are not occupied by beneficiaries and the reasons therefore;
  • establish how many farms or parts thereof are sub-leased;
  • establish how many farms are invaded by illegal settlers.

The public is herewith requested to participate in this important venture by making written presentations on the matter and submit it to the Ombudsman, through any of the following means:
email to: office@ombudsman.org.na
post to Private Bag 13211, Windhoek
deliver in person to Office of the Ombudsman, cnr of Feld and Lossen Streets, Ausspannplatz, Windhoek

Or to attend the public hearings at the following places and make oral submissions:
3 July 2018 : Mariental 10H00 – 16Hpdf00 – Aimablaagte Community Hall
5 July 2018 : Gobabis 10H00 – 16H00 – Epako Community Hall
10 July 2018 : Otjiwarongo 09H00 – 16H00 – Evangelical Lutheran Church Hall; Orwetoven
11 July2018 : Karibib 10H00 – 16H00 – Usab Community Hall
24 July 2018 : Keetmanshoop 09H00 – 16H00 – Tseiblaagte Community Hall
26 – 27 July : Windhoek 09H00 – 17H00 – UN Plaza Katutura

For more information please visit our website: www.ombudsman.org.na, find us on Facebook at Ombudsman Namibia or contact Aurelia David at tel no: (061) 2073212 or Elmi Pretorius at tel no: (061) 2073211


Public hearings on land resettlement PDF
Dates

Public Hearings on Racism/Racial and Discrimination in General

1. Introduction

1.1 The Office of the Ombudsman launched the Baseline Study Report on Human Rights In Namibia on the 2nd October 2013 that assisted with the identification of priority human rights concerns for Namibia. The survey served as a basis on which Office of the Ombudsman commissioned the preparation of a draft consultative framework for the prioritized human rights areas to serve as a basis for facilitating a participatory and consultative process involving relevant stakeholders in eventually drafting Namibia’s 1st National Human Rights Action Plan (NHRAP).

1.2 One of the focus areas identified was “The Right not to be Discriminated Against”, for which the Office of the Ombudsman assumed responsibility. The responsibility includes interventions that would achieve the following objectives:

• To conduct research on the prevalence of discrimination in Namibia;
• To intensify public education and awareness raising;
• to promote legal and regulatory reform that will give effect to non-discrimination provisions in various international and regional instruments.

1.3 It is against this background that the Ombudsman decided to call for public hearings through which the necessary research could be conducted in order to get a sense of the prevalence of racism and racial/general discrimination in Namibia, as a pre-cursor to compile recommendations for legal and regulatory reform that will give effect to non-discrimination provisions in various international and regional instruments.

2. Key Activities

Key activities will include the following:

2.1 Formal hearings in Windhoek during which various invited organisations will make presentations to a panel assembled by the Ombudsman

2.2 Community meetings in various regions

2.3 A comprehensive media campaign to run alongside the hearings

In addition, the Ombudsman wants to give members of the public the opportunity to also provide him with written presentations on the subject, which is the purpose of this call on the website and Facebook pages . Presentations can be emailed to: office@ombudsman.org.na and should include the following:

• the person’s understanding of Racism and Racial/General Discrimination;
• experience/s of racism/discrimination;
• proposals on how the issues could be addressed, either in new legislation or amending existing legislation.