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CARICOM continues reparations dialogues on slavery

By Herald Tribune

The second conference of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Regional Reparations Commission will be held next week in Antigua and Barbuda, where members are expected to craft a common strategy to claim compensation from European countries for slavery.

The two-day meeting will continue the dialogue among CARICOM’s 15 member states on the 10-point program agreed to at the first regional conference, held last September in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

CARICOM members are seeking compensation from former European colonizers – Britain, Spain, the Netherlands and France – for slavery and genocide of indigenous people.

According to the 10-point plan, an official apology from European governments, debt cancellation and repatriation of descendants will be demanded.

CARICOM members also want payments from the former colonial powers to help finance the development of indigenous peoples, the treatment of psychological trauma and eliminate illiteracy, among other demands.

The Antigua and Barbuda Reparations Support Commission will host the conference, which is expected to draw 100 to 120 representatives from across the region.

CARICOM’s members are Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.

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16 comments

  1. How sad. Politicians are at it again, begging. I think that they would better serve their countries by using wisely the resources that they have instead of trying to lead us down this path of more empty promises. Just bringing this up is a waste of time. Are these people leaders or followers?

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  2. Black people (and especially African Governments) need to secure their natural resources, invest in their Sciences, build their Nations, so their people would not see the need to scavenge European territories for Bread.
    Because alot of disrespect "look-downs" we get as a people is because of failed states and our inability to move ahead economically, due to ruthless leaders and the thievery that goes on.

    I wish them good luck in this endeavour.
    However, in order for this to happen it will be force, because they will NOT want to as they did the Jews and the Japs.

    Africa, UNIT, BUILD YOUR MILITARY AND THEN TAKE!!!!

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  3. OMG!! so all West Indians in these part, commitee will demand repatriation??? This is very comical. A good laugh at the end of a busy work day!! LOL

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  4. repatriation to where?
    what about the mixed children Kenny?
    I cannot believe that all those intellectual minds came together and requested this. An apology, why. what will that really do. Are the governments supposed to get renumerations? how will it be divided?
    wouldn't it have been better to have them establish a full free university in every island. then provide incentives for entrepreneurship.

    SNO- are those meetings recorded?

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  5. This is stupid.We are not going to change the past by dwelling on atrocities. People have always abused and enslaved and dehumanized each other regardless of skin colour or race.

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  6. I think if we ever get any Reparations it should b given in the form of a museum on the history of slavery in all of the Countries where black people were enslaved dehumanized and victimized, coz they can't give Reparation to every black person with slavery roots if so then we mite as well own most of Europe

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  7. What are lucians doing to "eliminate illiteracy?" Most don't even send their kids to school. They don't even act responsibly and set a good example, yet we want to go back to the former power, who we demanded independence from, to ask them to bail us out of our own incompetence??????

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  8. debt cancelling? Why would UK, France etc cancel debts which have been run up since independence? Do you think they will pay to get Kenny off the hook for Grynberg, rochamel? Compie and the gang INSISTED on independence in '79.

    What about all the west Indians living overseas. Do you think they should be sent back to west indies? Can't have it both ways.

    This is just one big begging list. How embarrassing.

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    • You are one of the people that need to be educated.

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    • lol honestly yes you are one of the illiterate people this bid is seeking to help.

      The Jews received a lot after what the Germans put them through, black people have received nothing and we're still at a disadvantage today. The Jews got an entire country, so I don't think these requests are much.

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