NAMIBIAN FOUNDATION SUBMITS PETITION FOR UN SECY-GEN ON 1904-1908 GENOCIDE BY GERMANY

WINDHOEK-- The Ovaherero Genocide Foundation, a Namibian organization representing members of the Herero and Nama ethnic groups who occupy parts of southern Africa, has handed over a petition on the Nama and Ovaherero genocide by the former German colonial administration to the United Nations (UN) Resident Co-ordinator, Rachel Odede.

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 UN Secretary-General Antonio 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 says.

The two communities therefore want to appeal to the UN to adopt a resolution that would officially recognize the atrocities committed by Germany against them between 1904 and 1908.

Odede said she will forward the petition as requested.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK