Brian Royes

Reparations Movement at a Tipping Point

Commenting on these developments, Denis O’Brien, founder of The Repair Campaign, said; “We are at a tipping point in the fight for reparatory justice. This is the first time that the UK has agreed to repatriate a natural history specimen to the Caribbean (something the Caricom Ten Point Plan for Reparatory Justice has been asking for since it was launched a decade ago) and the first time that a European power has unequivocally stated that the crime of the transatlantic traffickingof enslaved Africans had a ‘cost’ that has to be repaid. As real examples of affirmative action, these developments are hugely significant. The incredible advocacy efforts of so many are bearing fruit. Collectively, we must keep the pressure on. The door is finally ajar, now we need to power through it.”

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Is The Idea Of Reparations A Valid Response To The Injustices Of Slavery And Colonialism?

Reparatory justice in my view has to do with the payment of reparations to the descendants of slaves in the Caribbean, whose ancestors were forcibly brought here and forced to work on plantations without reward, and treated most inhumanely. The advocates of reparations argue that it should be just and fair, and that this would facilitate internal development initiatives by Caribbean people themselves, and help to alleviate much of the poverty and underdevelopment caused by slavery and the plantation system.

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Message from The CARICOM Reparations Commission on International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery

The CRC calls on the relevant European nations to oKer full, unreserved and unconditional apologies, accept responsibility for their role in perpetrating crimes against humanity of native genocide and chattel enslavement in the Caribbean and to repair the lasting consequences of early European expansion and growth.

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