DW political correspondent Thomas Sparrow explains why Germany has so far shied away from referring to the crimes committed against indigenous Namibians more than one hundred years ago as genocide.
Pressure is growing for Germany to compensate victims of a genocide in colonial-era Namibia. The government in Windhoek wants to sue Berlin but both sides are still set on continuing with ongoing negotiations.
Traditional Namibian leaders have filed a complaint with a US court against Germany demanding compensation for colonial-era genocide and inclusion in talks. A second hearing was scheduled at a pretrial conference.
Namibian indigenous groups filed a lawsuit against Germany in a US court on Thursday, demanding compensation for genocide by German colonial troops in the early 1900s. Berlin appears unperturbed.
The case goes back to an uprising by the Herero and Nama tribes against their colonial overlords - Germany. The first question the US court will likely address is whether or not it has jurisdiction in the case.
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