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Title:Reparations for the Herero Genocide: Defining the Limits of International Litigation
Author:Cooper, Allan D.ISNI
Year:2007
Periodical:African Affairs: The Journal of the Royal African Society
Volume:106
Issue:422
Period:January
Pages:113-126
Language:English
Geographic terms:Namibia
Germany
Subjects:Herero
genocide
reparations
colonialism
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Law, Human Rights and Violence
History and Exploration
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/4496418
Abstract:The Herero of Namibia were the first ethnic group to be subjected to genocide in the twentieth century. In 2001, the Herero became the first ethnic group to seek reparations for colonial policies that fit the definition of genocide. The Herero are the latest plaintiff to use the procedures of the Alien Torts Claim Act of 1789 to seek reparations in a US federal court for war crimes committed overseas. This article analyses the legal arguments by Hereros against Germany within the context of current understandings of international law and identifies the challenges that lie ahead for this claim. The article also explores the implications of the Herero claim for other ethnic groups victimized by colonization. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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