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Namibia: Supreme Court Declares Extradition Act Provision Unconstitutional

(Apr. 14, 2010) On April 9, 2010, the Supreme Court of Namibia declared a provision of the 1996 Namibian Extradition Act, which imposes unlimited detention on a person found eligible for extradition, unconstitutional. The ruling came as a result of a challenge lodged by one Jacob ('Kobi') Alexander, an Israeli wanted by the United States […]

Namibia: Bill on Intercepting Electronic Communications Without Court Oversight

(June 12, 2009) It was reported on June 4, 2009, that the Information and Communications Technology Minister of Namibia, Joel Kaapanda, sent a communications bill to the floor of the parliament which, if passed, will make it possible for the government to intercept any electronic communication, without any form of oversight. (Brigitte Weidich, 'Big Brother' […]

Namibia: Ban on Labor hire Organizations to Take Effect

(Dec. 8, 2008) In an announcement published in the government gazette on December 3, 2008, Namibian Labor Minister, Immanuel Ngatjizeko, declared that section 128 of the Labor Act of Namibia, a provision that prohibits labor hire practices, will take effect on March 1, 2009. This announcement comes a week after a Namibian High Court cleared […]

Namibia: Amendment to 1992 Minerals Act Proposed

(Nov. 19, 2008) It was reported on November 6, 2008, that Erikki Nghimtina, the Minister of Mines and Energy of Namibia, has proposed an amendment to the Minerals Act of 1992 that seeks to boost state revenues through new royalties on mining companies for minerals mined in Namibia. According to Nghimtina, the amendment will put […]

Namibia: New Labor Act to Become Effective

(Oct. 7, 2008) The Namibian Labor Act of 2007 will become effective on November 1, 2008, the Namibian Minister of Labor and Social Welfare announced recently. The implementation of the Act, which was approved several months ago by the Namibian Parliament and the President, had been postponed to accommodate concerns of the business community. The […]

Namibia: UN Criticized Namibia for Failing to Outlaw Hate Speech Against Minorities

(Sept. 5, 2008) In its annual report released on August 20, 2008, the U.N. Committee on Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD) censured Namibia for providing legal protection to the practice of hate speech. The report stated that it is unfortunate that the country's 1998 Racial Discrimination Prohibition Amendment Act continues to restrict […]