Workshops on reparations at the WSF 2013
The three workshops on the issue of reparations Organizing a World Anticolonial Week, From Colonisation to Reparations and From Colonialism to Reparations at the World Social Forum 2013 in Tunis were organized by Colonialism Reparation, CRAN and Sortir du Colonialisme. Mireille Fanon of the Frantz Fanon Foundation and the Member of European Parliament Jean-Jacob Bicep also spoke at the meetings. About one hundred people attended the workshops, a great part of which were representatives of other organizations.
A summary of the situation of reparations have been made and some proposals have been introduced:
- a campaign for UN condemnation of colonialism as a crime against humanity, expanding the condemnation of slavery made by the United Nations in 2001 in Durban.
- the proposal of support to the request of a day of remembrance for the victims of colonialism, submitted in recent days to the European Parliament by Jean-Jacob Bicep along with 11 other European parliamentarian to gain the support of the majority of the members of parliament. The lobbying campaign will begin with a week of events organized at the European Parliament (10 to 17 May 2013) to be completed by September 15 2013.
- the proposal for the adoption by the local administrations of a law of transparency which would establish the verification of any involvement of their own economic and financial partners in the triangular trade and the colonial system. The proposal has already gained the support of the President of ECAR (network of European cities against racism).
- the organization of a world anti-colonial week in the second half of February at the same time as that which takes place in France since eight years by now.
- the definition of 12 October as International Day for the Right to reparations for colonialism and slavery, so that civil society actors can mobilize together to this requirement of justice.
The workshops ended with the Assembly of convergence To end with racism, xenophobia and the discriminations that are the bases of colonialism that included the proposals of the workshops.