Newsletter 01/17 - Reparations to Herero and Nama
The Congress Restorative Justice after Genocide was held in Berlin, capital of Germany, from 14 to 16 October 2016 with the participation of about fifty Ovaherero and Nama delegates. The congress ended with the approval of the Berlin Resolution 2016, declaring critical debate about the genocide a global task and a subject for society as a whole, besides the demands for an official recognition of the genocides, a sincere apology by the German Parliament and Government and negotiations on reparations with the Ovaherero and Nama representatives from Namibia and their diaspora.
On January 5, 2017 the Ovaherero Paramount Chief Vekuii Rukoro and the Chairman of the Nama Traditional Authorities Association David Frederick, after having repeatedly petitioned the German Government to include them in the ongoing discussions without success, have filed a class action lawsuit in the Federal court in New York to get collective reparations and the right to be present at the ongoing negotiations between the German and Namibian Government. The news has had great diffusion, as well as in Germany and Namibia, also at international level (Al Jazeera, BBC, Daily Sabah, Deutsche Welle, Il Post, Jeune Afrique, Le Monde, Reuters, Russia Today, Sky, Sputnik, The Guardian, etc.).
Colonialism Reparation supports the class action lawsuit filed by Herero and Nama to get reparations for their genocide and calls for Germany to present as soon as possible apologies and compensations for the crimes committed involving the victims people in the negotiations.