Petition: Genocide is Genocide!
The German political establishment urged Turkey to acknowledge the Armenian genocide. Now, numerous public figures also call for an official recognition of and an apology for Germany's genocide perpetrated against the OvaHerero and Nama of Namibia between 1904-08.
More than 150 public figures,
among them many prominent professors
of international law, politics
and history; representatives of political
parties and of the churches,
from arts and culture, the Black
community and NGOs, have gone
public with a petition entitled Genocide
is Genocide! The petition has
been initiated to mark the centenary
of the end of German colonial rule
on 9 July 2015, in former German
South-West Africa, present-day Namibia.
Among the notable signatories
are the former Minister of Development
Wiezorek-Zeul; the long-time
Mayor of Bremen, Scherf (both Social
Democratic Party); the Ambassadors
(ret.) Vergau and Schleicher;
the peace researcher Senghaas and
the regional specialist Kappel; MPs
Wagenknecht (The LEFT) and Diaby
(SPD); Brandenburgs former
Commissioner for Foreigners, Berger;
and the chairperson of the Central
Council of the African Community
in Germany, Kamara.
The signatories call on the German
President, the Bundestag and
the German Government to
- finally acknowledge the genocide
against the OvaHerero and
- to formally ask the descendants
of the victims of genocide for
- and to identify and repatriate
all of the human remains deported
to Germany as well as participate
in an unconditional open dialogue
with the descendants of the victims
of genocide and the Namibian government
Up to 80% of the OvaHerero,
50% of the Nama and many Damara
and San were victims of what was
the first genocide of the 20th century.
Despite the clear intention to exterminate
these Namibian peoples,
the German political establishment
has failed to officially recognize
the genocide and apologize to the
descendants of those who were deprived,
robbed and killed.
Prior to assuming his present
function, the current Foreign Minister
Steinmeier (SPD) urged the Federal
Government to take such a step.