Caribbean Rastafari Organisation writes to PM

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Caribbean Rastafari Organisation writes to PM
Bongo Wisely Tafari
Bongo Wisely Tafari

Following the executive council meeting of the Caribbean Rastafari Organisation (CRO) held in St. Lucia from September 27 to 29, a decision was taken to write to the Caricom heads who have not set up reparations commissions in their regions as yet, calling upon them to get some urgency going in this direction.

Below is a copy of the letter sent to Dr. Kenny Anthony, Prime Minister of St. Lucia.

Dear Sir,

The Caricom Heads of Government have established a Reparations Committee chaired by the Hon Freundel Stuart to further the case for reparations for the crime against humanity that was the African Slave Trade and the consequent African ‘Maafa’ or holocaust.

At the subsequent inaugural Reparations Conference in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (15- 17 September) the role and work of Rastafari in keeping alive the African consciousness and promoting the cause of reparations was acknowledged and acclaimed and the Caricom representatives were urged to establish reparations committees with broad based representation from civil society and those involved in the quest for repatriation and reparation, and to further the linkages between the African Diaspora and the African continent.

The Rastafari community and the Caribbean Rastafari Organisation, of which the Iyanola Council for the Advancement of Rastafari (ICAR) is a longstanding member, have been involved in the cause of repatriation and reparations, having participated in the World Conference Against Racism (Durban, South Africa 2001), the African Union – Caricom conferences (Jamaica 2005 and Barbados 2007) and are also participants in the Caricom/Civil Society deliberations as a member of the Caribbean Policy Development Centre (CPDC) and are ideally suited and willing to avail our knowledge and experience in furthering this noble quest.

The CRO executive meeting held in St. Lucia (27– 29 September) proposes the urgent establishment of the St. Lucia Reparations Committee and urges that the Rastafari community and the CRO representatives specifically be prominently represented on this committee.

Anticipating your urgent attention and favourable consideration.

Yours respectfully,

Burnet Sealy/Bongo Wisely Tafari (Chairman CRO Inc.)

Franklin Francis/RasFrankiTafari (PRO CRO Inc.)

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9 COMMENTS

  1. jah blessed I with a brother who saved and opened my eyes to the real truth of a living human being, especially since I am a black African woman. I would like to know more about where I am coming from and I would like to learn it from the people who know the real truth. please respond with the details of your gatherings, I would love to meet you all.
    Jah Bless.

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    • we do have jobs - the real question is "are YOU here to serve man or JAH?"

      to make the "paper" to satisfy your physical being or do you crave the joys of spiritual overstanding

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  2. I hope the Indigenous peoples of Saint Lucia sue these cultists for using the word Iyanola. This is pure defamation and a violation of their rights.

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    • u want to condemn us for using a word - do you really know the origins of all the words u use???

      speak love and encouragement - do your words bring life??
      DO YOU KNOW YOUR HUMAN RIGHTS!!!!

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  3. Reparations for what? Were these guys in in particular brought to the Caribbean against their will? If so, give them a free plane ride back to Africa. Once in Africa, they can meet up with their long lost relatives. No one is stopping them from going back to Africa. Also, since "they" are here against their will, before going back to Africa, have them reimburse the St. Lucia people and Gov't for services which they have used since they were brought here against their will.

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    • U obviously dont know what is going on here regarding "repatriation" - it is not just the idea of going back to Africa - its the idea of knowing the TRUTH- KNOWING YOURSELF - where u came from to that u have an idea of where u should be heading to

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  4. Rastafarianism is a farce, these extremist, minority groups should not be allowed to represent all descendants of slaves.
    And they should not use the name 'Iyanola,' it was a name used by Native Indians long before Europeans and Africans arrive. These folks are lost and are trying to hijack other people's identity.

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    • rastafarianism is the word u made up to explain your ignorance - have u done your research on who is RAS TAFARI

      dont be so quick to judge when you are standing in darkness.

      one love

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