The Genocide of the Ovaherero and Nama and the Case for Restorative Justice

29 March 2019, 5:00 pm

Swakopmund Hotel & Entertainment Centre
2 Theo-Ben Gurirab Street, Swakopmund, Namibia

Genocide memorial in Windhoek © Photo: ECCHR

The repercussions of Europe's colonial past to its postcolonial present are being discussed with increasing frequency and openness. In order to genuinely address colonial injustices a thorough process between societies is necessary, it cannot be sufficient to have states negotiate these past crimes. In this process, not only the formerly colonized pose themselves the relevant questions:

Who is talking about whom? Which perspectives and memories are part of the conversation, which ones are ignored? What kind of justice is needed to address (post)colonial injustice? How can we achieve a truly constructive and forward-thinking discourse?

On 29 March, 115 years after the Genocide of the Ovaherero and Nama, and as the final part of "Namibia: A Week of Justice," we want to discuss and reflect on those questions in two panels closing the international conference "International Law in Postcolonial Contexts."

The event is organized by the Ovaherero Genocide Foundation (OGF), the Nama Traditional Leaders Association (NTLA), Nama Genocide Technical Committee (NGTC), the Akademie der Künste (AdK) and ECCHR. We thank Rosa-Luxemburg-Foundation for the kind support of the event.

Speakers include:

Ida Hoffmann, Wolfgang Kaleck, Gaob Johannes Isaack, Paramount Chief Adv. Vekuii Rukoro, Henning Melber, John Nakuta

The event will be held in English.

We look forward to welcoming you and kindly ask you to register by 24 March 2019 (please note that no confirmation will be sent).

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