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    The indigenous peoples of Namibia include the San, the Nama, the Ovahimba, the Ovazemba, the Ovatjimba, the Ovatwa, and their sub-groups.
    While the Constitution of Namibia prohibits discrimination on the grounds of ethnic or tribal affiliation, it does not specifically recognise the rights of indigenous peoples or minorities, and there is no national legislation dealing directly with indigenous peoples.
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    8 per cent of Namibia's population is indigenous peoples.
    27,000 to 34,000 persons belong to the San peoples, while 25,000 persons belong to the Ovahimba peoples, and 100,000 persons belong to the Nama peoples
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    Namibia adopts the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in 2007.
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Land Rights of Indigenous and Marginalised Communities in Namibia Explored in New Book

"Neither here nor there", published by the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC) in 2020, highlights aspects of land rights issues in Namibia and addresses the national land programmes, giving special attention to Namibia’s Indigenous and marginalised communities.

The purpose of the publication, across its 14 chapters written by various experts, is to provide an update on the land rights of these communities in post-independent Namibia, now the Republic of Namibia.  The book was published after the 2018 Second National Land Conference, building upon and evaluating on the resolutions taken at the first conference in 1991, just after Namibia’s independence.

At the 2018 conference, 24 resolutions were made in order to solve specific issues under the land reform and set a new direction for the future of land reform in Namibia, specifically targeting the uneven land distribution in the country left from colonial heritage. The intention of "Neither here nor there" is to serve as a tool and reference point for policy makers in meeting and fulfilling the 2018 resolutions.

The book is the outcome of LAC’s Land, Environment and Development (LEAD) Project, which supports the land rights of Indigenous and marginalised communities in Namibia through legal assistance, research, advocacy, litigation and capacity building. IWGIA has previously partnered with LAC supporting a court case for San land rights, just as several of the contributors of Neither here nor there have contributed and continue to contribute with their expertise on land rights in IWGIA's publications, including the yearbook The Indigenous World.


Find out more about LAC and download the book here

Read more about Namibia in the Indigenous World 2020 here

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