WINDHOEK: German Member of Parliament Niema Movassat will be in Namibia as from next week to hold talks with the committees of descendants of the victims of the 1904-1908 German genocide, amongst other engagements.
His political advisor, Nicolai Roschert, said in a media statement issued on Thursday that Movassat will mainly be in Windhoek from 22 to 29 August to intensify inter-parliamentary dialogue, for political and civil society talks and for talks with the committees of the descendants of the victims of the German genocide.
Within this framework, he will deliver a speech at this year’s Red Flag Day commemoration at Okahandja on 26 August.
Movassat is also a member of the Bundestag Committee on Economic Cooperation and Development.
The motion ‘Acknowledging the German Colonial Crimes in Former German South-West Africa as Genocide and Working towards Restorative Justice’, which was moved by the German Left Party Parliamentary (Bundestag) Group, was tabled in March 2012.
This motion follows the return of 20 skulls, believed to be of OvaHerero and Nama people, to Namibia from Berlin, Germany towards the end of last year.
A Namibian delegation of about 60 traditional OvaHerero and Nama community leaders last year travelled to Berlin to repatriate the 20 skulls at the cost of the Namibian Government.
While in Germany, the delegation also demanded that the German Government acknowledges the wiping out of OvaHerero and Nama people by the then German colonial troops in Namibia between 1904 and 1908 as a crime against humanity and genocide.
Apart from an official apology by the German Government for the descendants of the OvaHerero and Nama people, the Namibian delegation also demanded that the German Government pays reparations to the descendants of the victims of the said genocide.
The motion tabled in the Bundestag indicated that academic studies estimated that the war of extermination between 1904 and 1908 resulted in the deaths of up to 80 per cent of the OvaHerero, over 50 per cent of the Nama and a large part of the Damara and San people.
That motion also suggested a joint inter-parliamentary dialogue between the parliaments of the two countries on the repatriation of the remains of Namibian victims of the genocide, and the demand for reparations.