Public hearing on discrimination against persons with albanism to be held in Rundu

The Office of the Ombudsman will be conducting a formal public hearing on discrimination against persons living with albinism in the Kavango East Region this week.

This was said by the Public Relations Officer in the office of the Ombudsman, Aurelia David in an interview with Nampa on Monday.

The hearing will take place on 01 August 2019, at the Kavango East Regional Council auditorium.

The purpose of the public hearing is aimed at getting views from people living with albinism as well as customary practices and myths associated with persons of albinism, violence and other challenges faced by people with albinism.

She said the people will have the opportunity to engage with the ombudsman, John Walters, who will be accompanied by the President of Namibia Albino Association, Joseph Ndinomupya together with a legal practitioner from the Namibian Law Society.

The office of the ombudsman is a human rights institution and launched the National Human Rights Action Plan in 2015. In this plan, we actually have key focus areas whereby different government ministries and state agencies have the responsibility to carry out or oversee some of these focus areas, said David.

She said one of these focus areas is the right to health and each of them has its own objectives.

The objective on health is for people with albinism to have accessible and affordable health services, in which she noted since people living with albinism are prone to skin cancer, most of them cannot afford treatment and they are not even aware that they can access this treatment for free at the state hospitals.

David added that even things such as social grants or disability grants will be a point of discussion at the hearing since most of the people living with albinism suffer from visual impairment.

We are encouraging families living with people with albinism to bring their family members at the hearing because they will have an opportunity to make their concern heard, she said.

The public hearings started on Monday, 29 July 2019 in Oshakati in the Oshana Region, and then proceed to Eenhana in Ohangwena region on 30 July and on 31 July it will be in Okongo the same region and proceed to Windhoek on 05 August 2019.

Source: Namibia Press Agency