Solidarit├Ątskomitee der DDR

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Alternate Names: Solidarity Committee of the GDR
Duration: Unknown, 1960 - Unknown
Location: Berlin, Germany

Solidaritätskomitee der DDR (Solidarity Committee of the German Democratic Republic) was an anti-imperialist solidarity organization based in the German Democratic Republic (GDR, in German: Deutsche Demokratische Republik, DDR) that supported struggles against colonialism and apartheid. It was originally called Solidaritätskomitee für Afrika (Solidarity Committee for Africa). The organization coordinated action undertaken by the social organizations, public institutions, and the people of the GDR to extend solidarity assistance to the peoples fighting against imperialism, colonialism, racism and apartheid. The organization relations with and supported the Patriotic Front/Zimbabwe African People’s Union (ZAPU), the South West African People’s Organization (SWAPO) of Namibia and the African National Congress (ANC) of South Africa. The organization provided material aid and political and moral solidarity to those fighting racism and apartheid. The organization provided material support to liberation movements in southern Africa, especially Angola and South Africa. In 1978 the organization was admitted as a member of the Afro-Asian Peoples Solidarity Organization (AAPSO) based in Cairo, Egypt. (Source: E.S. Reddy, former Director of the United Nations Centre Against Apartheid; SOLIDARITY COMMITTEE OF THE GERMAN DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC Action in support of the International Anti-Apartheid Year by Kurt Seibut, President of the Solidarity Committee of the German Democratic Republic, Notes and Documents, 40/78, October 1978, United Nation Center Against Apartheid; and Solidaritätskomitee der DDR on Wikipedia accessed May 3, 2013.)