On Aug 19, 2016 The Namibia Economist reported: The UN in a visit organized by the Centre for Civil and Political Rights, a Geneva-based NGO, together with the Legal Assistance Centre in a press briefing earlier this week called on Namibia to abolish the common law crime of sodomy and include same-sex relationships in the existing Combating of Domestic Violence Act.
The UN report, presented by Sarah Cleveland, an independent expert on human rights issues, alleges that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons in Namibia face discrimination, harassment and violence, including cases of ‘corrective rape’ against lesbians.
The Namibian constitution is silent on homosexuality, although it is explicit on sodomy, which is illegal and punishable with prison time
“Namibia falls back on the fact that legalizing same sex marriage would be political controversial, as the country has deep rooted discourses of tradition, customs and religious believes that are fundamentally against same sex relationships,” she added.
The conclusions from the report were sourced from consultations from different parties including with the police, civil society, human rights activists,government officials, and the Ministry of Justice.
Cleveland explains Namibia does not ‘explicitly’ prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, as law enforcement informed her that no persons have been persecuted for same sex relationships in the country.