Reparations discussed at the United Nations
Colonialism Reparation supports the request for reparations for the genocide of the native people and slavery submitted to the United Nations general Assembly by the member states of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and calls on the former colonizers (the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands, etc. ) to apologize and pay compensation for the colonial period.
The general Debate of the 69th session of the United Nations general Assembly was held in New York from 24 to September 30, 2014. During the Debate some delegates from Jamaica, Saint Lucia,Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago demanded reparations for the genocide of the native people and slavery; this request was also supported by the delegate of Cuba. The request was submitted for the first time last year during the general debate of the 68th session of the United Nations general Assembly.
The second regional Conference on reparations was then held in Bolans, Antigua and Barbuda, from 12 to October 14, 2014 with the attendance among others of the former Prime Minister of Jamaica P. J. Patterson, of the prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda Gaston Browne, of the President of the “CARICOM reparations Commission” Hilary Beckles, of some delegations of the “national Commissions on reparations” and of other delegations from Guadeloupe, Martinique and the British Virgin Islands. The work was focused on the involvement of the academic world and the community mobilization regarding the CARICOM’s Ten Point Plan for reparatory justice.
To date, the “national Commissions on reparations” are present in twelve of the fifteen member States: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago. The “CARICOM reparations Commission” provided for their establishment even in other countriesthrough the involvement of the Caribbean diaspora .
Colonialism Reparation supports the request for reparations for the genocide of the native people and slavery submitted to the United Nations general Assembly by the member states of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and calls on the former colonizers (the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Denmark) to apologize and pay compensation for the colonial period.
Colonialism Reparation is part of the movement for the condemnation, the reconciliation, the apologies and the compensation for colonialism. It was conceived in 2008 by a volunteer of the Italian association “Battito solidale” which, thanks to his frequent journeys to Guinea and Senegal, had the opportunity to realize which disastrous impact the colonialism still had in the daily life of billions of people and how in many nations the current situation is merely its camouflaged continuation. Colonialism Reparation promotes, supports and spreads non-violent activities aimed to create awareness of the current world situation and thereby to encourage the achievement of its objective
– that the colonizing nations condemn their colonial past recognizing it as a crime against humanity and that the colonized nations exert pressure to make it happen
– that the colonizing nations reconcile with their past, permanently distancing themselves from it by officially apologizing the colonized nations
– that the colonizing nations compensate the colonized nations for the atrocities and abuses committed thus allowing an improvement in their socio-economic conditions.
The contribution of every person who recognizes the importance of this activity to the creation of a climate of friendship and cooperation between peoples is necessary and appreciated. This contribution will create an extremely positive precedent in international relations as well, promoting the supremacy of the “force of law” on the “law of force”.