Request for reparations to the Caribbean for genocide of native people and slavery

Request for reparations to the Caribbean for genocide of native people and slavery

Colonialism Reparation supports the request for reparations of the members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) for the genocide of the native people and the slavery and calls on the former colonizers (United Kingdom, France, Netherlands, etc. ) to apologize and pay reparations for the colonial period.

From April 2016 it began a series of Reparations relays and rallies in collaboration with the CARICOM members which have committed to being part of the reparations movement. These events are being held on days of historical significance in relation to slavery, the slave trade or native genocide in each member State, each time passing the baton to the next State. The first event was held in Barbados, the second in Guyana, the third in Antigua and Barbuda and the fourth in Saint Lucia.

On June 4, 2016 the seventh Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) was held in La Havana, the capital of Cuba, with the attendance of thirty-two delegations. At paragraph 7 of Havana Declaration the ACS […] recognizes that slavery and the slave trade were atrocious crimes against humanity, reaffirms the Durban Declaration, in particular, the importance of establishing compensatory and reparatory effective resources and measures, among others, at the national, regional and international levels in order to cope with the persistent effects of the slavery and the transatlantic slave trade, and welcomes CARICOM’s initiative for the creation of the Reparations Commission of the Caribbean Community, and praises the efforts of said commission to correct such injustices […].

In the month of August 2016 then the CARICOM Reparations Commission launched its website and its presence on some social media to inform the public on what has done in recent years, on the progress in the struggle for reparations, on initiatives underway and those soon to be launched in CARICOM member States.

On September 23, 2016 in New York during the General debate of the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly the Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Ralph Gonsalves has underlined that […] the Caribbean Community’s determined quest for reparatory justice for victims of the transatlantic slave trade and native genocide continues to gather momentum […] calling upon the European nations that created and profited immeasurably from this indefensible trade in human beings to join us in the conversation about the contours of a just and appropriate response to this monumental tragedy and its consequential legacy of underdevelopment […].

On October 20, 2016 finally also in New York during the meeting on “Commemoration of the abolition of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade”, item 120 of the agenda of the 71st session of the General Assembly, Cuba’s representative […] described the slave trade and the legacy of slavery as root causes of the profound social and economic inequalities, hatred and racism that continued to affect people of African descent today […] underlining the need for full remedy and compensation for those horrific crimes […].

Colonialism Reparation supports the request of the members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) for reparations for the genocide of the native people and the slavery and calls on the former colonizers (United Kingdom, France, Spain, Portugal, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Denmark) to apologize and pay reparations for the colonial period without being forced to appear before a court.

4 Comments

  1. Calvin
    November 17, 2016 at 10:29 am Reply

    How disappointingly hypocritical.

    If the colonizing governments, and very justifiably so, turn around and file a counter-claim for reparations for health care costs and other social costs to their socities from the weed we ship them and the coke we knowingly tranship to them it would literally bankrupt the region.

    What it comes down to is that most of our Caribbean governments just want a hand-out, free money that they will fritter away and line their own pockets through corrupttion and misappropriation.

    One might infer that CARICOM may be a bloated and administratively fat taxpayer funded organization if they have enough staff and time to hatch a scheme like that.

    1. Anonymous
      November 17, 2016 at 10:44 am Reply

      So you’re saying it was fine to exploit black people they way the white man did with no sort of punishment for them. Furthermore, factors of production are Capital, Labour, Land, and Enterprise. The colonialist were able to get labour dirt cheap which catapulted into the lofty positions they are in today. Any economist would tell you there should be a cost to that. This isn’t a situation of cheap labour like China. It was FORCED labour.

      1. Calvin
        November 17, 2016 at 11:17 am Reply

        Congratulations, you know how to cut and paste from Google, you’re obviously very intelligent.

        As for your comment about cost, you forgot to paste in the part about benefit.

        And you also forgot to Google “forced labour in China”.

        Perhaps the colonizing countries should sue for reparations from CARICOM for the health care and social costs they have incurred due to the lives and families destroyed by the weed we grow and ship to them and the coke that we knowingly tranship to them, as well as the approximately USD $75,000 per year per prisoner for incarceration of criminals that are from CARICOM member states. Oh, and let’s not forget including in the calculations all foreign aid that they have provided to us.

        You obviously know how to consult actuarial tables regarding the cost of a human life.

        Crunch the financials and perhaps look at the big picture.

        Besides, money cannot re-write history, be it good history or bad history.

        If we want hand-outs due to government mismanagement of funds and lack of drive and ggeneral idleness by some members of our society, we should simply say so, rather than playing the same old, hackneyed race card.

        We don’t need money for reparation, that’s bayteeze, nothin but pappy-show.

        What we need is for them to help us build more schools and universitites such that we can invest in the future — that future is our childen.

  2. T
    November 17, 2016 at 10:47 am Reply

    He’s not saying it was right to exploit black ppl. But to be brutally honest. Many africans and even us Caribbean ppl live on handouts from these so called states. and this has been happening for for # of years. So u then do the maths. Should they not deduct these handouts from what they owe our ancestors.

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