Ombudsman to conduct public hearings on Albinism

The Ombudsman will be conducting formal hearings on discrimination against persons with albinism, customary practices and myths associated with persons with albinism, violence against persons with albinism and other challenges faced by them. The Ombudsman also invites proposals on how the issues could be addressed, either in new legislation or amending existing legislation or through any other appropriate means.
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:
29 July – Oshakati State Hospital from 09h00-13h00
30 July 2019- Eenhana State Hospital from 09h00-13h00
31 July 2019- Okongo District Hospital from 09h00-13h00
1 August 2019- Rundu state hospital from 09h00-13h00
5 August 2019- Windhoek- Disability Resource Centre, Okuryangava, Katutura from 09h00-13h00

Children’s Advocate appointed

The Ombudsman would hereby like to announce the appointment of Ms Ingrid Husselmann as the Deputy Chief, effective 1 November 2018. As the Deputy Chief, Husselmann will lead and oversee the operational management of the Division: Human Rights and Legal services. She will also serve as the Children’s Advocate in the Office of the Ombudsman as contemplated in the Child Care and Protection Act. 2015 (Act no 3 of 2015) and perform all functions assigned to the Children’s Advocate in the said Act.

Ms Ingrid Husselmann

Ms Ingrid Husselmann

In her capacity as head of the Human Rights and Legal services division, Hussellman will oversee investigations involving children and provide legal advice to the Ombudsman and investigative staff and manage human rights projects.

The team led by Husselmann in the Human Rights and Legal services Division in the Office of the Ombudsman consists of two legal officers and one social worker. Together they will work closely with stakeholders in various sectors to address issues affecting the Namibian Children. Husselmann is an admitted Legal practitioner of the Namibian High court with over 15 years experience garnered in her previous role of Deputy Prosecutor General in the office of the Attorney General. The position of Children’s Advocate has been vacant since June 2016.

Public hearings on Racism/Racial and general Discrimination kick off

The public hearings on Racism/ Racial and general Discrimination were rounded off in Windhoek last week. Several concerned groups mad submissions on what they deem as discrimination and how they believe the issues should be tackled. The presentations brought to light many issues that the Namibian people have struggled with over the years and still continue to plague our society. Law Professor, Nico Horn, Legal Assistance Director Ms Toni Hancox and National Coordinator of the Namibian Diverse Women Association , Ms Linda Baumann of served as panel members throughout the hearings and will assist the Ombudsman with the final report.
The hearings will continue across the Zambezi , Kunene, Hardap and Oshikoto Regions in order to gauge the view of the marginalized communities. The general public are welcome to make their submissions to adavid@ombudsman.org.na or epretorius@ombudsman.org.na all submissions will be treated as confidential. You can further courier your submission to our head office. The Ombudsman aims to get the public’s perception on issues of Racism/Racial and general Discrimination in order to help guide and re-visits existing laws and formulate regulations against these types of discrimination.