Brits celebrate queen’s evasive birth date
Celebrating the “Official Birthday” of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the local high commission threw a full-scale British garden party, with live music, Pimms, bangers and beef delicacies, strawberries and cream, and a few great hats. More than 200 guests attended the event.
High Commissioner, HE Mrs Marianne Young, highlighted the healthy state of bilateral relations between Namibia and the UK, including visits to London this year by Prime Minister Hage Geingob, Foreign Affairs Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah and SWAPO Chief Whip Professor Peter Katjavivi.
Referring to the ongoing global summit on Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict, taking place in London this week, H.E. Mrs Young, said: “The British government believes strongly that rape should not be viewed as an inevitable part of war. It is hard to document, let alone investigate. Perpetrators do not discriminate. They use sexual violence as a weapon, a weapon of terror, power and control. This has to stop – the culture of impunity must end – and perpetrators must be held accountable.”
She also highlighted the UK’s ongoing specialist assistance to both the Namibian Defence Force and NAMPOL, as well as project work to aid trade enhancement, human rights and tourism.