Newsletter 11/15 - British reparations to India
On May 28, 2015 the Indian MP Shashi Tharoor spoke at a debate organized by the Oxford Union Society claiming that the British Government owes reparations to its former colonies and arguing specifically the case of India. The video of his speech has been seen till now by more than three million people, receiving broad support in India, beginning from the Prime Minister Narendra Modi up to many political commentators.
On November 7, 2015 then, in occasion of the visit of the Indian Prime Minister in the United Kingdom, the group "Mountain of light" (translation of Koh-i-Noor) formed by indian businessmen and showmen announced the start of a legal action to recover the Koh-i-Noor diamond, that the United Kingdom has already refused to return on several occasions.
The United Kingdom is submitted during this period to a increasing international pressure from the former colonies for reparations related to their colonial rule.
On January 27, 2015 the Jamaican Parliament approved the motion 6 authorizing the Jamaican Government to receive from the British Government an equal compensation to that one paid to the owners of slaves in 1834 and inviting the other countries of CARICOM to take similar decisions. Despite British Prime Minister David Cameron has put aside the increasing demand for apologies and compensations during the recent visit to Jamaica, there have been many reactions, from the former Jamaican Prime Minister P. J. Patterson to former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo.
From September 28 to October 3, 2015 the General Debate of the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly was held in New York during which delegates from Barbados, Saint Kitts and Nevis and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines reiterated the call for reparations for native genocide and slavery, call supported also from the delegate of Cuba. On November 4, 2015 then, during the debate for the approval of the resolution A/RES/70/7 for the "Permanent memorial to and remembrance of the victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade", some delegations called for reparations to redress the horrific injustices of the past.
Colonialism Reparation calls on the United Kingdom to apologize and pay compensations to India and the other former colonies for the whole period of British colonial rule, also returning the cultural goods stolen in that period.