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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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Namibia: Discussion on the report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of indigenous peoples

On 12 February 2014, the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples participated by videoconference in a discussion with indigenous peoples and organizations, members of civil society, and government officials regarding his report on the situation of indigenous peoples of Namibia, which was made public in June 2013.

The event was organized by the Indigenous Peoples of Africa Co-Coordinating Committee (IPACC), the Open Society of Southern Africa (Osisa), the Legal Assistance Centre of Namibia (LAC), and the Working Group of Indigenous Peoples in Southern Africa (WIMSA), and hosted by the United Nations country team in Windhoek. In his report Anaya highlights the need for the Government to expand and strengthen the efforts to ensure San peoples’ security of land tenure and resettlement in consultation with the communities affected, while also addressing the troubling educational situation of, in particular, the San and the Himba, whose members continue to lag behind in educational attainment relative to other parts of the Namibian population.

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