Old Location massacre remembered

12 December 2017 | Events

About 200 people gathered at the Old Location cemetery in Windhoek on Sunday to commemorate and remember the fallen heroes and heroines of the old location massacre of 10 December 1959.

This was the day on which the South African colonial apartheid regime massacred 11 and wounded 44 Namibians at the then Old Location reserved for blacks in Windhoek when they refused to move to the new ethnically segregated township of Katutura in 1959.

Namibians also celebrated International Human Rights Day as well as Women's Day yesterday.

Khomas regional governor Laura McLeod-Katjirua urged Namibians to end violence against women.

“Namibians should work together to stop violence against women, increase awareness of causes and consequences of violence by building capacity of partners to prevent and respond to violence,” she said.

The governor added that human rights awareness was vital and must be protected and observed by all.

Deputy gender minister Lucia Witbooi called on all Namibians to stand up for their own rights by promoting peace in society in honouring the theme for Human Rights Day, 'Let's stand up for equality, justice and human dignity'.

She emphasised that women's rights are human rights and should be protected by all organs of state and individuals at all times.

According to her, gender-based violence is a violation of human rights and human dignity and called on society to join hands to fight against this scourge.

FRED GOEIEMAN

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