COLONIALISM REPARATION

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Newsletter 07/23 - Adequate reparations for Herero and Nama

On September 21, 2021 at the Parliament of Namibia opposition parties and genocide-affected communities filed a motion to reject the so-called “Reconciliation Agreement”.

On October 27, 2022 the Vice President of Namibia Nangolo Mbumba announced that, following parliamentary discussions, in July 2022 Namibia proposed to Germany a revision of the so-called "Reconciliation Agreement", however immediately rejected by the communities victims of the genocide.

On January 19, 2023 at the High Court of Namibia (Case No: HC-MD-CIV-MOT-REV-2023/00023) an opposition party and genocide-affected communities raised a question of legitimacy of the so-called "Reconciliation Agreement" that is proceeding in its process.

On February 23, 2023 a group of seven Special Rapporteurs of the United Nations sent a joint communication to Germany and Namibia regarding […] information received concerning the alleged lack of meaningful participation, through self-elected representatives, of the Ovaherero and Nama peoples in the negotiations leading to the issuance of the “Joint Declaration by the Federal Republic of Germany and the Republic of Namibia: United in remembrance of our colonial past, united in our will to reconcile, united in our vision of the future”, as well as the lack of effective reparative measures afforded to them, including an unqualified recognition of the genocide committed against these communities in the former German Southwest Africa colony between 1904 and 1908. Alleged victims: 93501 […] publishing after two months their communications and then the late and inconsistent responses from the two Governments.

On April 27, 2023 the Ovaherero Traditional Authority (OTA) and Nama Traditional Leaders' Association (NTLA) welcomed that the group of seven Special Rapporteurs of the United Nations has confirmed that […] the participation rights of Ovaherero and Nama have been violated by the German and Namibian Governments, in terms of International Law, during the interstate negotiations leading to the Joint Declaration, and that the UN Special Rapporteurs have sent communication to urge the German Government to grant reparations […].

Colonialism Reparation welcomes that even a group of seven Special Rapporteurs of the United Nations rejects the so-called "Reconciliation Agreement" inspired by the Government of Germany and accepted by the Government of Namibia calling on the Parliaments of Namibia and Germany not to ratify it as they have done so far and asks that Germany present sincere apologies and adequate reparations for the colonial genocide of the Herero and Nama peoples.

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