Following the tragic passing of John Jones QC, Doughty Street Chambers is proud to confirm its continued support and representation of the OvaHerero and Nama tribes of Namibia against the German Republic.
John fought tirelessly for reparations for the OvaHerero and Nama tribes whose ancestors were deliberately targeted, murdered and dispossessed of their lands by German colonial powers at the beginning of the 20th century. Much of the land belonging to the OvaHerero and Nama tribes remains expropriated.
The Namibian government is in talks with the German Republic about the genocide committed against the OvaHerero and Nama peoples. However, the direct ancestors of the genocide’s victims continue to be excluded from meaningful representation and participation in those negotiations. Such unjustifiable exclusion is in violation of their basic human rights to effective participation and remedies protected by international treaties such as the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Kirsty Brimelow QC, Graeme Hall and Emilie Gonin, with the invaluable assistance of Robert Murtfeld, are working with Reinhard Vekuii Rukoro (Paramount Chief of the OvaHerero Traditional Authority), and David Frederick (Chief of the Nama Traditional Leaders Association) in the pursuit of justice for these heinous historical wrongs.