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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.