Call for the International day for reparations

International day for reparations

On October 12, 1492, Christopher Columbus set foot on the so called "New World", ushering in a cycle of occupation, violence, genocide and slavery: this was the beginning of colonization.

Colonization is a global phenomenon: there is hardly a country in the world that has not been colonized, a colonizer, or both, such as the United States. Colonization is one of the phenomena that has most disrupted humanity. It has left a deep and lasting impression on all continents and the consequences of this are

Begun in the late fifteenth century, colonization lasted several centuries and continues to this day in modern forms (imperialism, mining, land grabbing, military interventions, etc.) .

When a wrong has been committed, it must be repaired. If you recognise that colonization has been a source of massive crimes against humanity, then reparations are legitimate. If you refuse these reparations, then you deny the criminal nature of colonial crimes.

This is why we are forcefully demanding reparations, and this demand is non-negotiable. Since the beginning of colonization, over five centuries ago, men and women have fought against it and demanded justice.

Whether it is genocide in the Americas, the transatlantic slave trade, or colonization in Africa, Asia and Oceania, figures as famous as Condorcet, Callie House, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Frantz Fanon, Desmond Tutu, and Wole Soyinka have defended the principle of reparations.

The 2001 UN conference in Durban has strengthened the mobilization of peoples and now states and even regional organizations have involved. As of now, this issue is being debated in the African Union, Caricom, in much of the Americas, Africa, Asia, Oceania, and Europe. Some states have even begun to implement their own reparations policies.

On October 12, 2013 we are launching the International day for reparations related to colonization. Approved and supported by the Assembly of convergence "To end with racism, xenophobia and the discriminations that are the bases of colonialism" of the World Social Forum held in Tunis in March 2013, this initiative will give more strength and visibility to actions around this topic: Our credo is Unity is strength.

One may certainly discuss the terms of reparations, but it is important that it is effectively implemented as soon as possible. From this day on, now and every year forward, we will aim to advance justice in the world. Because it is not only the past, but the present and the future potential of all things is hampered both by the weight of the past colonialism and by new forms of imperialist domination.

We invite citizens, NGOs, and governments to seize this iconic date and implement any and all action necessary to advance the cause of reparations all over the world (press releases, conferences, exhibitions, media campaigns, street actions, cultural festivals, radio broadcasts or television, political decisions, etc.).

Our parents and grandparents fought for independence and freedom, we must continue their fight to get justice.

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