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Newsletter 07/21 - Reparations for the Herero and Nama genocide

On June 4, 2020 the President of Namibia Hage Geinbob on page 13 of his State of the Nation Address announces that after five years of negotiations [...] Germany has agreed that the events of 1904-1908 can be termed genocide and they are ready to render an apology, at the highest level of German Government. What remains outstanding is the Quantum [...].

On May 16, 2021 the Paramount Chief of the Ovaherero Traditional Authorities (OTA) Vekuii Rukoro and the Representative of the Nama Traditional Leaders Association (NTLA) Gaob Johannes Isaack reject the so-called "Reconciliation Agreement" that does not respect the negotiating pillars set by the Namibian Government itself since it does not provide for the payment of reparations and was negotiated without the participation of the legitimate representatives of the majority of the victim communities.

On May 28, 2021 the Federal Foreign Minister of Germany Heiko Maas on the conclusion of the negotiations with Namibia declares that [...] we will now officially call these events what they are from today’s perspective: a genocide [...], as a gesture of recognition of the immeasurable suffering inflicted on the victims, we want to support Namibia and the victims’ descendants with a substantial programme to the tune of 1.1 billion euro for reconstruction and development. [...] Legal claims for compensation cannot be derived from it [...].

On June 4, 2021 the Vice President of Namibia Nangolo Mbumba on the genocide, apology and reparations negotiations, after confirming that the mandate to negotiate derives from the motion unanimously approved by the Namibian Parliament on October 26, 2006, tries to argue that the programs of reconciliation and reconstruction are reparations and that the involved communities have been consulted.

Colonialism Reparation rejects the so-called "Reconciliation Agreement" inspired by Germany and accepted by Namibia calling on the Parliaments of Namibia and Germany not to ratify it and asks that Germany present sincere apologies and adequate reparations for the colonial genocide of the Herero and Nama peoples involving their legitimate representatives in the negotiations.

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