Namibia

gov31. Britain and Namibia: A Memorandum to the Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary

Memorandum arguing for a review of British government policy on Namibia. The memorandum urged the British government to support mandatory measures against South Africa under Chapter VII of the UN Charter if South Africa continued to obstruct talks on Namibian independence.

gov34. Letter from Geoffrey Howe to Trevor Huddleston

Letter from Foreign Secretary Geoffrey Howe in response to the AAM’s memorandum ‘Britain and Namibia’. He stated that although the British government did not regard the withdrawal of Cuban forces from Angola as an essential precondition of Namibian independence, in practice withdrawal offered the best prospect for the success of negotiations.

nam19. Barnet AA Group meeting

In the 1980s the AAM campaigned to give Namibia a higher profile and make more people aware of South Africa’s illegal occupation. Local AA groups disseminated information and asked their members to take up the issue. This leaflet publicised a meeting held by Barnet AA Group in north London. It called for the implementation of UN resolutions on Namibian independence, withdrawal of British companies and the release of Namibian political prisoners.

nam18. ‘Barclays out of Namibia’

Barclays Bank operated in Namibia as well as South Africa. This leaflet was distributed during the Free Namibia Week of Action, 25 October–1 November 1986. Shortly after its publication Barclays withdrew from South Africa and Namibia after a long-running campaign by anti-apartheid activists.

nam20. Free Namibia conference

SWAPO Secretary-General Andimba Toivo ja Toivo was the main speaker at the conference that launched the 1986 International Week of Action on Namibia, 25 October–1 November. During the week many town halls flew the SWAPO flag and Sheffield, Glasgow and the London Borough of Ealing held civic receptions for Toivo ja Toivo and other SWAPO leaders. Public meetings were held in Birmingham, Hull and Manchester. 

nam21. Namibia Week of Action

This leaflet publicised the 1986 Week of Action on Namibia, 25 October–1 November. During the week many town halls flew the SWAPO flag and Sheffield, Glasgow and the London Borough of Ealing held civic receptions for SWAPO Secretary-General Andimba Toivo ja Toivo. Mass meetings were held in Birmingham, Hull and Manchester. Merseyside Health Authority agreed to sell its shares in RTZ because of RTZ’s huge mining operations in Namibia.

wom03. Women’s resource pack

Resource pack showing how black women in South Africa and Namibia were doubly oppressed under apartheid by both racism and sexism. The pack also stressed the special problems of Namibian women.

nam22. ‘Blockade Namibian Uranium’

Supporters of the Campaign Against the Namibian Uranium Contract (CANUC) held regular protests outside the British Nuclear Fuels processing plant at Springfields, near Preston in the north of England. This leaflet publicised a demonstration on 14 November 1986. Between 1977 and 1985 half of Britain’s uranium imports came from the Rossing mine in Namibia. RTZ operated the mine in defiance of UN resolutions. After 1985 Britain continued to re-export Namibian uranium to European and Japanese nuclear power plants.