Workshops on reparations at the WSF 2015
- Published: 12 May 2015
Colonialism Reparation welcomes that reparations for all the peoples who have been victims of colonialism have been included as one of the objectives of the Social Movements Assembly of convergence of the World Social Forum 2015 in Tunis.
The organization of the three workshops on the issue of reparations Confronting racism and xenophobia and demanding for reparations, Reparations to colonialism and Reparations for Transatlantic Slave Trade, Slavery and Colonialism - The UN International Decade for People of African Descent at the World Social Forum 2015 in Tunis was made by Coletivo Brasileiro FSM Rumo a Túnis, Colonialism Reparation and World Against Racism Network (WARN). More than one hundred people attended the workshops, a great part of which were representatives of other organizations.
A point of the situation of reparations was made with respect to the proposals made in the Assembly of convergence To end with racism, xenophobia and the discriminations that are the bases of colonialism held at the World Social Forum 2013 in Tunis:
- to support and to organize, in the whole world, policies to fight racism, xenophobia ...
Pressures to reach the proclamation by the United Nations of 2015-2024 International Decade for People of African Descent as required for years by the Durban+10 Coalition.
- to start a campaign at the United Nations and the regional bodies to recognise the need for reparations ...
Support to the request by the Caribbean Community for reparations for the genocide of the native peoples and the slavery.
- to get the European Union to be in charge of the issue of reparations ...
Presentation to the European Parliament of a Written declaration on establishing a European day in recognition of the victims of European colonisation and colonial slavery, sadly signed only by 116 members and therefore lapsed.
Creation of a European Reparation Commission on the model of the Caribbean ones.
- to urge all the cities of the world to adopt a transparency law that obligates ...
Adoption by the Town of Sainte-Anne in Martinique of a transparency clause that obligates its suppliers to declare any profit obtained from slavery.
- to fix to October 12 the world day for the right to reparations related to the colonization ...
Call for the International day for reparations launched October 12, 2013 and celebrated annually.
Thanks to the work done by the repairers presents in Tunis we were able finally to include reparations as one of the objectives of the Social Movements Assembly of convergence, that till now had mentioned reparations only in 2006: "[...] For peace and against war, colonialism, occupations and the militarization of our lands. We denounce the false discourse of human rights defense and fight against fundamentalism, which is often used to justify military occupations. We defend the right to people's sovereignty and self-determination. We denounce the installation of foreign military bases to instigate conflicts, to control and ransack natural resources, and to foster dictatorships in several countries. We demand reparations for all the peoples who have been victims of colonialism across the world. [...]".
Colonialism Reparation welcomes that reparations for all the peoples who have been victims of colonialism have been included as one of the objectives of the Social Movements Assembly of convergence, that till now had mentioned reparations only in 2006, of the World Social Forum 2015 in Tunis.