Newsletter 01/15 - ALBA supports CARICOM's reparations

The thirteenth summit of Heads of State and Government of the Bolivarian Alliance for the peoples of our America – Peoples' Trade Treaty was held in La Habana, the capital of Cuba, on December 14, 2014 with the attendance of fifteen delegations. The summit ended with the approval of the final declaration, the admission of Grenada and Saint Kitts and Nevis as new members and the commemoration of the tenth anniversary of ALBA-TCP.

At paragraph 24 of the final declaration members agreed [ ... ] to emphasize the importance that ALBA-TCP gives to the reparation of the damages caused by the genocide against the native peoples and slavery in the Caribbean and to foster the start of a dialog on reparations with the European countries closely involved in the genocide against the native peoples is in the possession of slaves, to deal with the consequences of these crimes against humanity. [ ... ]

ALBA-TCP took its first steps on December 14 2004 with the signing of the agreement between Venezuela and Cuba. In the following years Bolivia, Nicaragua, Dominica, Honduras (then retired following the coup d'état), Ecuador, Saint Vincent and The Grenadines, Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Lucia, Grenada and Saint Kitts and Nevis joined the agreement. ALBA develops some mechanisms of political, social and economic cooperation among member states in view of the second and final independence in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Colonialism Reparation welcomes the support given by the Bolivarian Alliance for the peoples of our America – Peoples' Trade Treaty (ALBA-TCP) to the request for reparations for the genocide of the native peoples and the slavery of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and calls on other international organizations such as the Union of South American Nations (Unasur), the African Union (AU), the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the European Union (EU), etc. to follow this example.