In December 1948, the United Nations adopted "The Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide" in order to internationally prohibit genocide. The Convention defines genocide as any act committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group. Such acts can include the killing of or causing of physical/mental harm to members of a group; inflicting on the group living conditions calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part, the imposition of measures intended to prevent births within the group, and the forcible transfer of children of the group to another group.
In international law, genocide is considered an international crime that concerns the global community as a whole and must therefore be prosecuted across country borders. Today, generally acknowledged genocides include, among others, the German genocide of the Ovaherero and Nama in Namibia (1904-1908), the Armenian genocide in the Ottoman Empire (1915-1916), the crimes against the Jewish population in Europe during the Holocaust (1941-1945) and the genocide of the Tutsi in Rwanda (April-July 1994).
Activism & Arts
The event series in Namibia attracted remarkable interest from a broad variety of civil society actors. Topics were the German genocide against the Ovaherero and Nama peoples (1904-08) and ways forward for addressing these past wrongs in a dignified manner.
Activism & Arts
Following the symposium "Colonial Repercussions" in January 2018, a delegation from ECCHR was invited to Namibia for the commemoration of the genocide (1904-1908). Together with ECCHR, those affected by (post-)colonial injustice talk about their fight for the regocnition of their rights and what they expect of the German goverment.