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Newsletter 05/17 - International pressure on Germany and Namibia

From 14 to 16 October 2016 the Congress Restorative Justice after Genocide was held in Berlin, capital of Germany, and on January 5, 2017 Ovaherero and Nama have filed a class action lawsuit to get collective reparations and the right to be present at the ongoing negotiations between the German and Namibian Government. On February 8, 2017 the Tanzanian Government has affirmed that it will work to request for reparations to Germany following the example of the Herero and Nama of Namibia.

On February 27, 2017 the United Nations' Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent ended a seven day visit in Germany to assess the situation of African Americans and people of African descent inviting, among the recommendations to combat all forms of racism, racial discrimination, Afrophobia, xenophobia and related intolerance, "[...] Germany to recall its own share in the history of colonization, enslavement and genocide and use a reparatory justice approach as a way forward. The Ovaherero and Nama people must be included in the negotiations currently ongoing between the German and Namibian governments [...]".

On March 21, 2017 Namibian media announced that the Namibian Government is considering a legal action against Germany at the International Criminal Court, with the assistance of a group of Namibian and British lawyers and a 30 billion dollars request in reparations for the Herero and Nama genocide. On the same day, anniversary of independence, Namibian President Hage Geingob has affirmed he want to accelerate the pace of land reform by expropriating the lands still owned by whites.

On March 25, 2017 Herero and Nama organized the tenth annual genocide reparations walk in Swakopmund in Namibia with the participation of thousands of people.

On April 24, 2017 the Evangelical Church in Germany has asked the descendants of the victims of the genocide in then South-West Africa for forgiveness. The statement is the result of a long process, begun in 2004 and which involves the identification and creation of commemoration sites, the restitution of the victims remains and the development of a memory culture.

Colonialism Reparation welcomes the results of increasing international pressure on Germany and Namibia concerning the reparations' request for the genocide and calls on the German and Namibian Governments to involve in the ongoing negotiations for apologies and compensations the Herero and Nama victims people, returning them the lands subtracted during the colonial period.

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