Ombudsman's report on racism to be submitted to Parliament

13 Nov 2017 16:30pm
WINDHOEK, 13 NOV (NAMPA) – A special report on racial discrimination by the Office of the Ombudsman will be submitted to Parliament for tabling on Friday.
The report was compiled by the Office of the Ombudsman after a national enquiry on racism was held during June and July this year, to solicit public perceptions, understanding and suggestions for the formulation of legal regulations against racism, racial discrimination and tribalism.
Namibia’s Ombudsman, Advocate John Walters, told Nampa in a telephone interview on Monday that the report contains life experiences of those who have endured different forms of discrimination and recommendations on how to prevent such discrimination.
“The national enquiry was held to get an understanding from citizens on racism, racial discrimination, tribalism, and discrimination in general and the occurrence thereof,” he said.
The report contains input from political analyst, Nico Horn, Out-Right Namibia (ORN) Director Linda Baumann and the Director of the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC), Toni Hancox who were part of the panel during the public consultations held countrywide.
Input from different sectors, civil society organisations and marginalised and vulnerable groups are also included in the report.
The project was funded by the Ministry of Justice.