Human rights should be respected: Witbooi

10 Dec 2015 16:30pm
WINDHOEK, 10 DEC (NAMPA) – Violence against women and children is a violation of human rights and must be addressed to ensure that all human rights are understood and respected at all times.
Deputy Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Lucia Witbooi said this at the official commemoration of International Human Rights Day/Namibia Women’s Rights Day held at the Old Location Cemetery on Thursday.
“Chapter three of the Namibia Constitution talks about Fundamental Human Rights and Freedoms. These include among other things the right to life; equality and freedom from discrimination; respect of human dignity; and the right to privacy. All these rights are to be respected and apply to all Namibians, including women and children whose rights are usually violated.”
The 10th of December is commemorated internationally each year as International Human Rights Day to remind the world of the day in 1948 when the United Nations (UN) adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that gives every human being a set of guidelines to follow and respect each other during their coexistence.
In Namibia, the day also calls for an end to violence against women and children and is also observed in commemoration of the Old Location Massacre.
On 10 December 1959, Namibian men and women supressed under the brutal and racially-motived apartheid regime of the then South Africa, organised a protest in resistance to being forcefully relocated from the Old Location – what is now Dorado Park, Hochland Park and part of Pionierspark - to Katutura.
During the protest and boycott of municipal services, the police opened fire on the protesters, killing 11 and wounding 44 others. Among those who lost their lives was Anna Kakurukaze Mungunda – one of Namibia’s national heroes.
“The 10 December reminds us of the injustices of the past and the forceful removal of black people from their home at the Old Location to Katutura where they were subjected to segregation into tribal groupings by the then apartheid government of South Africa.”
Due to the role that women played in resisting the relocation to Katutura, Namibia declared 10 December a public holiday in remembrance of the massacre.