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Namibia: Indigenous groups' long road to claim their rights 

Two indigenous groups have stood up to the powers that be in Namibia to claim their rights. In two separate declarations, the Himba and Zemba ethnic groups made plain their demands to government.Phil ya Nangoloh, a human rights defender and Executive Director of NamRights, a Namibian human rights organization, explained to MRG how a hitherto powerless and voiceless people took their advocacy to the...

Namibia: UN Envoy says minorities and indigenous peoples crave inclusion 

As the main human rights monitoring and advocacy NGO in Namibia, NamRights welcomes the Statement (click on the link below to download) of UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, James Anaya, upon ending his visit to the African country. During a media conference held at UN Center in the Namibian capital Windhoek this morning, Anaya pointed out that all the...

Namibia: Protest by Himba and Zemba Indigenous Peoples 

By Rebecca Sommer Hundreds of semi-nomadic Himba and Zemba marched again in the southern African nation of Namibia on Dec. 5, 2012, protesting what they believe are Namibia’s human rights violations against them. The protests were in Opuwo, a small town located in the heart of the “Kaokoland” in the far north of a country that 100 years...

Southern Africa: San Peoples sign common rights declaration 

Members of the San peoples in Southern Africa have signed a Declaration on their rights and what they want their respective countries to do in order to advance their issues. The Declaration is a product of the three days San Rights Regional Conference held in Gobabis, Namibia.The conference was organized by the Working Group of Minorities in Southern Africa and brought in San representatives...

Namibia: 1000 Himba and Zemba protest again against dam and human rights violations 

By Rebecca Sommer EARTH PEOPLES- Namibia, March 26, 2013Yesterday, about a 1000 Himba and Zemba held a protest march in Opuwo to show the Government of Nambia (GoN) that they had enough. This was the third protest in a row, but by far the largest. The two Indigenous semi-nomadic tribes, from the semi-desert northern region of Namibia, began their well-organized...

Namibia: German GIZ directly engaged with dispossessing indigenous peoples of their lands and territories 

By Earth Peoples The history of the Germans invading, oppressing, enslaving, exploiting, and ruthlessly killing the people of Namibia is an extremely shameful one. It is important to understand Germany’s terrible past, to consider why especially German involvement through it’s GIZ branch in support of Namibia’s Land Reform efforts are highly inappropriate. To ensure monopoly rights to exploit mineral deposits...

Namibia: Himba people protest against dam and attempted bribery 

By Rebecca Sommer, for Earth Peoples For over a decade, the indigenous Himba Peoples from Namibia have objected to the construction of the Baynes Hydro Power Plant in Orokawe, Namibia. To voice their objections, they've written letters to the head of state and other relevant governmental authorities, filed complaint procedures at the United Nation with the help of EARTH PEOPLES reports, and carried...

SWM 2015: The San in southern Africa – adjusting to urbanization as a first people 

Embargo: 2 July 2015 00.01 (GMT+1)Case study by Inga ThiemannSouthern African countries have urbanized rapidly in the last few decades, with significant impacts on San indigenous populations in the entire region. Urbanization has not only threatened access to land among rural communities but also in areas where some measure of urbanization has taken place, while the government has failed to provide San residents with...



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