Newsletter 03/14 - Support to the CARICOM reparations Commission
Starting from the second half of 2013 the Caribbean nations started demanding reparations for the genocide of the native people and slavery, with the creation of reparations Committees and the request to the United Nations General Assembly during the general debate of its 68th session.
On December 9, 2013 the Regional reparations Commission met to define its action plan, asking that the European nations responsible for the transatlantic slave trade, slavery and genocide of the native people, especially the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Denmanrk engage with the Caribbean nations in a restoring dialogue to accommodate the current heritage of these crimes and that the Caribbean nations lead the dialogue in a diplomatic, conciliatory and morally edifying way.
The Commission has then identified six key aspects of the Caribbean conditions that are the direct consequence of the transatlantic slave trade, slavery and genocide of the native people on which diplomacy and restoring actions must focus: public health, education, cultural institutions, cultural deprivation, psychological trauma and scientific and technological backwardness.
Finally, the Commission has met with the law firm Leigh Day, which will provide together with eminent Caribbean lawyers, legal assistance on the request for reparations for the damage caused by the transatlantic slave trade, the slavery and the genocide of the native people.
On January 27 and 28, 2014 the regional reparations Commission again met to end the first interim report to that will be submitted at the next meeting of the Heads of Government of CARICOM on March 10-11, 2014.
Colonialism Reparation supports the path taken by the regional reparations Commission and calls on all Member States of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) that have not yet done it (Bahamas, Dominica, Grenada, Haiti, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Trinidad and Tobago) to form as soon as possible their own national reparations committee as decided during the thirty-fourth summit of the Heads of Government of CARICOM.