Non-Governmental Congress on the Ovaherero and Nama Genocides 1904-08

October 14-16, 2016, Centre Francais de Berlin, Müllerstraße 74, 13349 Berlin, Germany

ABOUT

The congress will bring together, in solidarity and common purpose, Black, white and African people in Germany with descendants of the victims of the Ovaherero and Nama genocides 1904-1908 from all over the world

INVITING HOSTS:

Berlin Postkolonial

Ovaherero/Ovambanderu Genocide Foundation (OGF)

Nama Technical Committee on Genocide

Association of the Ovaherero/Ovambanderu Genocide in the USA (OGA)

OvaHerero/Mbanderu and Nama Genocides Institute (ONGI)

NGO Alliance “No Amnesty on Genocide!”

AfricAvenir International

Initiative of Black People in Germany (ISD Bund)

Central Council of the African Community in Germany

MEDIA PARTNERS

AFROTAK TV cyberNomads

LoNam – Das Afrika-Magazin

MAIN GOALS

  1. to reflect on Ovaherero and Nama anticolonial resistance, the genocides 1904-08, their long-term impact and on the past struggle for restorative justice.
  2. to evaluate recent developments and the present situation in Germany and Namibia with regard to the exclusion of Ovaherero and Nama from the genocide negotiations.

III. to affirm the right of the Ovaherero and Nama communities to be directly involved in negotiating a comprehensive solution, including recognition of the genocides, a sincere apology and just

reparations for the genocides.

  1. to chart a course for transnational actions to secure restorative justice and the repatriation of all

Ovaherero and Nama human remains shipped to Germany.

DATES and TIME

The congress will begin on Friday October 14 at 2 pm and end on Sunday October 16 at

1 pm. It will conclude with a march through Berlin starting on Sunday morning at 9 am at the Centre Francais

PROGRAM

Once finalized, the program will be posted on the websites of the inviting hosts, for instance on:

www.berlin-postkolonial.de | www.africavenir.org | www.genocide-namibia.net | http://theongi.org/ | http://ovaherero-ovambanderugenocideassociation.org/

REGISTRATION

For questions and registration please send an email to buero(at)berlin-postkolonial.de. Please register no later than September 30 and include your full name and affiliation.

FEES – Regrettably, we have to charge a congress fee of 10 Euros per day by German citizens

CONTACT

Berlin Postkolonial e.V., Projektbüro Kameruner Straße 1, 13351 Berlin, Germany

THANKS

Stiftung Nod-Süd-Brücken, Berliner Landesstelle für Entwicklungszusammenarbeit, Engagement Global im Auftrag des Bundesministeriums für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung, Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung

INTERNATIONAL DECADE FOR PEOPLE OF AFRICAN DESCENT

The congress takes place in the framework of the International Decade for People of African Descent. The General Assembly in its resolution 68/237 proclaimed the International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024), with the theme “People of African Descent: Recognition, Justice and Development.” The Decade is a timely and unique opportunity to underline the important contribution made by people of African descent to our societies and to propose concrete measures to promote equality and to combat discrimination of any kind. It provides a solid framework for the United Nations, Member States, civil society and all other relevant actors to join together with people of African descent and take effective measures for the implementation of the programme of activities in the spirit of recognition, justice and development. The German launch of the decade took place on 7 June 2016 in Berlin. It was officially opened by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).