Ovaherero Genocide Foundation hands over petition to UN

26 Jul 2018 16:50pm
WINDHOEK, 26 JUL (NAMPA) - The Ovaherero Genocide Foundation handed over their petition on the Nama and Ovaherero genocide to the United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator, Rachel Odede here on Thursday.
The petition, which was read by the Chief of the Nama Traditional Authorities Association, Gaob Isaak on behalf of the two communities, requested the UN representative to forward the petition to the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres for it to be circulated to all the UN member states.
The petition says the two communities have been trying to get Namibia and Germany to set up a dialogue for the negotiation of reparations with the affected communities, but the German government has disallowed this.
“The latter have unilaterally agreed that the negotiations will only be on a bilateral or government to government basis and not with individuals, which in our view was deliberately intended to exclude us,” the statement said.
The two communities therefore want to appeal to the UN to adopt a resolution that would officially recognise the atrocities committed by Germany against them between 1904 – 1908.
Odede said she will forward the petition as requested.