Principal speaker: OvaHerero/Nama Representatives, chaired by John Jones QC
A press conference will take place on the 9th July to highlight Doughty Street Chambers' hosting of a high-level OvaHerero and Nama delegation from Namibia. The delegates for both communities have travelled to London to explore solutions for the outstanding question of compensation for a genocide that was committed by Imperial Germany during the years of 1904-08 in what was then the territory of German South-West Africa. This was the first genocide of the twentieth century.
Coinciding with the centenary end of German rule in Namibia, the OvaHerero and Nama delegation is visiting Doughty Street Chambers to discuss options allowing it to use arbitration under the Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT), which was concluded between Namibia and Germany in 1994, as a vehicle for redress for the genocide and resulting expropriation of the OvaHerero and Nama.
The OvaHerero and Nama delegation is arriving in London after visiting Berlin, where delegates will hand-over of a petition to the President of the Federal Republic of Germany. In the UK the delegation are also visiting the Houses of Parliament for a cultural and ceremonial reading of a publication ("the Blue Book") that uniquely documented in 1918 the atrocities for the consideration by British parliamentarians.
Please contact Jennifer Noone of Doughty Street Chambers - 020 7404 1313, for further information.