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

October 14-16, 2016

Centre Francais de Berlin, Germany


Ovaherero and Nama in Berlin, 2015 



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



I. to reflect on Ovaherero and Nama anticolonial resistance, the genocides 1904-08, their long-term impact and on the past struggle for restorative justice.

II. 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 between the Namibian and the German government.

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 and appropriate apology to the affected communities as well as the payment of just reparations to the Ovaherero and Nama communities who continue to suffer the adverse effects of the genocides

IV. to chart a course for transnational actions to

a.) recognise the events of 1904-08 against the Ovaherero and Nama as genocide as defined by international law and state practice

b.) ensure that the Ovaherero and Nama communities are directly represented by their own leaders at any negotiations between the governements of Germany and Namibia on the questions of genocide and reparation/restorative justice

c.) secure restorative justice and the repatriation of all Ovaherero and Nama human remains  shipped to Germany



Israel Kaunatjike, Moctar Kamara, Elisabeth Kaneza, Ester Utjiua Muinjangue (NAM), Councillor David Isaak (NAM), Dr. Ngondi Kamatuka (USA), Heskia Rijarua (Botswana, invited), Kamutuua Kandorozu (South Africa, invited), Kambanda Veii (NAM), Hon Ida Hoffmann (NAM), Chief Kooper (NAM), Festus Muundjua (NAM), Sam Geiseb (NAM), MdB Niema Movassat, Michael und Adetoun Küpper-Adebisi, Paramount Chief Adv. Vekuii Rukoro (NAM), Paramount Chief Aletha Nguvauva (NAM), Ronny Dempers (NAM), Nicolai Röschert, Vepuka Kauari (USA), Tahir Della, Jefta Nguherimo (USA), Kaya de Wolff (invited), Mbakumua Hengari (NAM), Sharon Dodoua Otoo (invited), Sam Geiseb (NAM), Karen Taylor, Hans-Christian Mahnke (NAM), Marianne Balle Moudoumbou, Veraa Katuuo (USA), Veko Tjikuzu (NAM), Kwesi Aikins, Christian Kopp



AfricAvenir International | Association of Ovaherero/Ovambanderu Genocide in the USA (AOG) | Berlin Postkolonial | ISD Bund - Initiative Schwarze Menschen in Deutschland - Initiative of Black People in Germany | Nama Genocide Technical Committee | NGO Alliance “No Amnesty on Genocide!” | Ovaherero/Ovambanderu Genocide Foundation (OGF) | OvaHerero/Mbanderu and Nama Genocides Institute (ONGI) | Zentralrat der afrikanischen Gemeinde in Deutschland - Central Council of the African Community in Germany



AFROTAK TV cyberNomads | LoNam - Das Afrika-Magazin



The German Historical Museum’s special exhibition „German Colonialism – Fragment Past and Present“ will be opened on October 13th at 7 pm:

We will come together with our guests from Namibia for a silent protest at 6 pm at the entrance to the Pei Building, Hinter dem Gießhaus.


The congress will take place at the Centre Francais de Berlin, Müllerstraße 74, 13349 Berlin:

Friday, October 14th, 2 – 10 pm

Saturday, October 15th, 10 am – 6 pm 


During the congress at the Centre Francis you can see the exhibition „1884-1915 An Artistic Point_ Windhoek- Berlin, with Moholi Ndkung, Spunk Seipel and others“


On Saturday, October 15th, at 8 pm there will be a cultural event/social gathering at the artists’ residence KuLe in 10117 Berlin, Auguststraße 10, organised by AFROTAK TV cyberNomads and the NGO alliance "No Amnesty on Genocide".  There you can can listen to the band Three Women and visit the Black Berlin Biennale 2.0 exhibition „No Amnesty on Genocide Deutschland“:


The congress will conclude with a protest and solidarity march through Berlin starting on Sunday morning at 10:30 am at the artists’ residence KuLe in 10117 Berlin, Auguststraße 10.



Once finalized, the program will be send to all registered people and posted on the websites of the inviting hosts, for instance on: | | | | |



For questions and registration please send an email to buero(at)

Please include your full name, affiliation and the days of attendance.



Regrettably, we have to charge a congress fee of 10 Euros per day by German citizens (not for Oct 16th).



Berlin Postkolonial, Projektbüro Kameruner Straße 1, 13351 Berlin, 01799 100 976



The congress takes place in the framework of the International Decade for people of African Descent. The General Assembly of the United Nations 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 United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).


     UN Decade





The congress is part ot our 2016/17 project "Just Listen - Global History from 'below" and Public Dialoque"

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


BMZ      LEZ 

 SNSB            Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung