LAC to provide Namibians with advice on issues dealing with access to water, medical negligence, education

WINDHOEK: The Legal Assistance Centre (LAC) will, as part of a new project, provide Namibians with support and advice on issues dealing with, amongst others, access to water, medical negligence, and education.

The project, titled ‘Access to Justice: Promoting the rule of law and defending human rights’, is co-funded by the European Union (EU) to the tune of N.dollars 2,9 million and will end in 2015.

Speaking at the launch today, LAC Director Toni Hancox said the centre has realised the necessity to employ litigation strategies to promote social justice in Namibia.

She said the project will enhance the ideals and will specifically focus on access to health and medical negligence, access to clean water, right to education in general and for people with disabilities, and the right to privacy and confidentiality of people living with HIV/AIDS,.

The funding will specifically be used to support the litigation vehicle at LAC, the Human Rights and Constitutional Litigation Unit (HURICON).

Although Namibia has been classified as an upper-middle income country, unfortunately many people continue to exist in dire circumstances without access to the most basic necessities, Hancox said.

Speaking at the same occasion, the Head of the Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Namibia, Ambassador Raul Fuentes noted that the project seeks to achieve compensation – either monetary or through change in circumstances for individuals and groups whose rights have been violated and who otherwise do not have access to legal assistance and advice.