The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) welcomed Germany’s recognition of its wrongdoings in Africa and its apology for the genocide of the Herero and Nama peoples in Namibia at the beginning of the 20th century. At the same time, in the conclusion published in Geneva following the consideration of the German report, the committee expressed concern about the lack of full compensation from Berlin for colonial offenses, Report informs via TASS.

“The Committee welcomed Germany’s acknowledgement and apology for the genocide of the Ovaherero and Nama peoples and colonial wrongdoings in Tanzania. The Committee, however, voiced its concern over the lack of a full reparation for colonial wrongdoings. The Committee recommended that Germany implement comprehensive restitution and compensation for the descendants of victims. It also asked the State party to adopt an extensive policy for repatriating colonial objects and cultural artefacts, particularly the restitution and repatriation of ancestors’ human remains,” the statement reads.

The Committee said it was disturbed by the increasing number of extremist organisations and groups, as well as the ‘racial profiling and excessive use of force and ill-treatment by law enforcement officers against ethnic minorities.’