LAC celebrates 25 years of social law
The Legal Assistance Center (LAC) has celebrated its 25th birthday in Windhoek last week.
Formed in 1988, the The Legal Assistance Center’s main objective is to protect the human rights of all Namibians. It is the only organisation of its kind in Namibia and it has a head office in Windhoek, along with two regional offices. It is funded by national and international donor organisations as well as individuals and its work is supervised by the Legal Assistance Trust, whose trustees include legal practitioners, other professionals and community leaders.
The Legal Assistance Center works in five broad areas namely: litigation, in which a public interest case is a legal case which will have a wider impact on the community than just assisting the individual concerned; information and advice, by providing legal information and advice on human rights in the areas such as HIV/AIDS; education and training research part of which the LAC runs training workshops for communities and service providers; as well as law reform and advocacy, by advocating for law reform based on their research.
All services at LAC are free of charge with the exception of litigation where certain costs may be recovered. Also, the client may be asked to contribute to certain costs, depending on the circumstances.
The celebration , which took place in Windhoek’s Zoo Park open area attracted members of the public who got a brief on different issues dealt with by the friendly staff from the various departments of LAC.