A. NAMRIGHTS' PROFILE
C. MISSION AND VISION
D. OPERATIONAL STRUCTURES
E. INSTITUTIONAL AND OPERATIONAL INDEPENDENCE
F. NAMRIGHTS’ WEAKNESSES
G. STRENGTHS OF NAMRIGHTS
H. MEASURING NAMRIGHTS’ OWN IMPACT
I. GOVERNMENT OF NAMIBIA
A. NAMRIGHTS PROFILE
Preamble: Founding Statement
RECOGNIZING that the international community through the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenants on Human Rights, the 1949 Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols and numerous other international human rights and humanitarian instruments, has affirmed a strong commitment to the protection of human rights and the furtherance of humanitarian principles
WELCOMING that, in that regard, the Constitution of the Republic of Namibia includes a chapter on fundamental human rights and freedoms
NOTING WITH CONCERN that millions of Africans do not enjoy basic human rights and freedoms
CONVINCED that it is imperative to promote and protect the principles of multiparty democracy, respect for human rights and freedoms, the rule of law and justice for all
NOW THEREFORE, we the concerned Namibians have resolved to found a human rights monitoring and advocacy organization to be known as NAMRIGHTS.
NAMRIGHTS is a national private, independent, non-profit making and non-partisan human rights monitoring and advocacy organization. Founded on December 1 1989 by concerned citizens, the Organization envisages a world free of human rights violations and its mission is to stop human rights violations in Namibia and the rest of the world.
1. Legal Status
NAMRIGHTS bases its legal existence on the provisions of Article 21(1) (e) of the Namibian Constitution as well as Article 71 of the UN Charter, read with Economic and Social Council Resolutions 1296 (XLIV) and E/1996/31. The Organization is lawfully registered in terms of Section 21(a) of the Companies Act 1973 (Act no 61 of 1973) as an association incorporated not for gain. NAMRIGHTS is recognized as a bona fide and credible human rights organization by the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights of the African Union (in 1993) and the UN Economic and Social Council (in 1997).
2. Core Values
The following are NAMRIGHTS’ core values: