Parliamentary speaker of Germany Norbert Lammert has said, mass killings perpetrated by German forces in then colonised Namibia in the 20th century should be recognised as a genocide.
In an article for the German daily, Die Zeit, Lammert said the mass killings of Herero and and Namaqua people's between 1904 and 1907 were genocide according to the classification and “criteria of international law today.”
“Tens of thousands of Herero and Namaqua people died not only in military operations but also due to diseases, they were deliberately starved to death… others died in concentration camps or in forced labor camps,” he added.
The mass killing are regarded by many historians as the first genocide of the 20th century.
The German government has numerously acknowledged historical and political responsibility towards Namibia, however ruled out the classification and recognition of genocide.
Germany as a coloniser ruled what was then called South-West Africa from 1884 to 1915.