Children's Rights in Namibia

Edited by Oliver C. Ruppel

Also available in Deutsch

The date 20 November 1989 marked a milestone in the protection and promotion of the rights of children across the globe. On that day – after ten years of negotiations – the United Nations (UN) General Assembly finally adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child. By signing this Convention, governments for the first time internationally acknowledged their responsibility towards children. Some 20 years later, in November 2009, the Convention has been ratified by 193 states – the highest number of ratifications of all international Conventions to date.

Contentsi
Foreword
Anton Bösl
iii
Acknowledgementsv
List of Contributorsvii
List of Abbreviationsxvi
Introduction
Oliver C Ruppel
1
The protection of children’s rights in Namibia: Law and policy
Lotta N Ambunda and Willard T Mugadza
5
The protection of children’s rights under international law from a Namibian perspective
Oliver C Ruppel
53
A major decision: Considering the age of majority in Namibia
Rachel Coomer and Dianne Hubbard
101
Work in progress: The Child Care and Protection Act in Namibia
Lena N Kangandjela and Clever Mapaure
121
The best interest of the child
Yvonne Dausab
145
Children’s right to citizenship
Faith Chipepera and Katharina G Ruppel-Schlichting
159
Custody and guardianship of children
Felicity !Owoses-/Goagoses
177
Adoption: Statutory and customary law aspects from a Namibian perspective
Oliver C Ruppel and Pombili L Shipila
189
Child labour: A universal problem from a Namibian perspective
Clever Mapaure
201
Realising the right to education for all: School policy on learner pregnancy in Namibia
Dianne Hubbard
223
Customary practices and children with albinism in Namibia: A constitutional challenge?
Ruusa N Ntinda
243
Children in polygynous marriages from a customary perspective
Prisca N Anyolo
255
“A man is not a man unless ...”: Male circumcision – A legal problem?
Manfred O Hinz and Moudi Hangula
267
Restorative justice: The case for a Child Justice Act
Stefan Schulz
283
High Court of Namibia Vulnerable Witnesses’ Project
Annel M Silungwe
327
Child suggestibility in the Namibian justice system
Joab T Mudzanapabwe
331
Understanding the perpetrators of violent crimes against children
Veronica C de Klerk
347
Access to information by orphans and other vulnerable children in the Ohangwena Region
Chiku Mchombu
363
Child trafficking, child prostitution and the potential dangers of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa
Michael Conteh
375
The Ombudsman for Children in Poland: A model for Namibia?
Agata Rogalska-Piechota
391
Accessibility of social assistance benefits in indigenous African communities from a South African perspective
Gugulethu Nkosi
409
In search of a focus: Methodological provocations in the quest for the recognition and implementation of children’s rights and legal entitlements
Julie Stewart
425

published

Namibia, November 20, 2009

ISBN

978-99916-0-891-4

Sculpture by Dominic Benhura