Agreement on Human Rights Project signed

Human Rights Project Enlarge image John Walters, Ombudsman (left) and Onno Hückmann, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany (right) (© German Embassy Windhoek) On 16 April 2015 the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Namibia, Onno Hückmann, and Namibian Ombudsman John Walters signed a project agreement according to which the Federal Republic of Germany supports a human rights project by the Office of the Ombudsman to the tune of 500,000.00 N$. The aim of the project is to raise awareness among the Namibian police for human rights issues. In particular, the police force will be trained to distinguish permitted and prohibited police practices.

Project measures include the printing of a training manual on acceptable methods of questioning and several workshops for members of the Namibian police force across the country.

Besides the specific sensitisation of the Namibian police officers another aim of the project is to raise awareness among the general public as to what type of conduct from the police is still acceptable and which is not. To this end, radio ads will air for three months in all local languages.

On 19 May 2015, Ambassador Hückmann, Ombudsman Walters and the Inspector-General of the Namibian police force Sebastian Ndeitunga introduced the project to the public in a joint press conference.