Namibia needs to consolidate its commendable work on protecting digital rights.

Namibia currently has a population estimate of 2.6 million. Its 2010 Constitution provides for various rights in its chapter three including the right to freedom of expression, privacy, association, assembly and other human rights. Namibia is regarded as one of the freest countries in terms of media freedoms in Africa. However, there is a need to consolidate these efforts by ensuring that the applicable provisions of Article 21 of the Constitution on freedom of expression, Protection of Information Act no. 84 of 1982, Namibia Central Intelligence Services Act 10, 1997 and Part 6 of the Communications Act are brought in line with international human rights standards. There is also a need to operationalise the Universal Service Fund and the National Broadband Policy (2020) and enact cybercrime, data protection and privacy legislation in Namibia.

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    Households with internet access in 2017

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    Individuals using internet in 2020

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    Fixed Broadband Subscriptions per 100 inhabitants in 2018

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    Press Freedom Ranking in 2022

Upr cycle

Namibia was last reviewed in April 2021.

Digital Rights and Free Expression Recommendations

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      Partner organisations

      Over a hundred local and international human rights organisations are part of the wider Uproar programme. You can find them listed here.

      Namibia cluster

      The country clusters are a local working group in each Uproar target country made up of our partner organisations. The clusters are organised by local lead organisations, who then coordinate local civil society and human rights defenders with digital rights expertise to engage in national-level advocacy and campaigning.