Genocide victims call for inclusivity

September 12, 2015, 10:52am

Genocide victims call for inclusivity

The Nama Genocide Technical Committee and the Ovambanderu Genocide Foundation (OGF) wants government to include them in talks between the Namibian and German governments surrounding issues on genocide and reparations. 

Speaking at a press conference, Ester Muinjanjue, spokesperson of the OGF, emphasized, “Anything, be it talks, negotiations or classification as genocide, the war of 1904- 1908 against the Ovaherero and Nama it cannot be about us, but yet without us.”

She said that if government engages in these talks, negotiations and classification of words or on their behalf, it should have their mandate to do so or at least have the decency and respect to consult them.

Muinjanjue government should not be hoodwinked into watering down the international law meaning of the word or concept of genocide, and especially as defined in the UN ‘Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide' adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 9th December 1948.

“We advise our government not to give the impression that is how now in partnership with a government that has committed a crime against its own citizens, to with, the Ovaherero and Nama,” she said.