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Newsletter 09/21 - Reparations at the United Nations

On December 31, 2020 the United Nations General Assembly adopts resolution 75/237 (A global call for concrete action for the elimination of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance and the comprehensive implementation of and follow-up to the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action) in which […] welcoming the call upon all the former colonial Powers for reparations, consistent with paragraphs 157 and 158 of the Durban Programme of Action, to redress the historical injustices of slavery and the slave trade, including the transatlantic slave trade, […] decides to hold a one-day high-level meeting of the General Assembly to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the adoption of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action, at the level of Heads of State and Government, on the second day of the general debate of the seventy-sixth session, on the theme “Reparations, racial justice and equality for people of African descent” […]. In recent months the United States, Australia, Canada, Israel, the United Kingdom, Hungary, the Netherlands, Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, France, Bulgaria, Croatia, Italy and New Zealand have announced the boycott of the meeting of September 22, 2021 called "Durban IV" under the pretext of anti-Semitism.

On July 12, 2021 United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet presents report A/HRC/47/53 (Promotion and protection of the human rights and fundamental freedoms of Africans and of people of African descent against excessive use of force and other human rights violations by law enforcement officers) in which she states that […] Measures taken to address the past should seek to transform the future. Structures and systems that were designed and shaped by enslavement, colonialism and successive racially discriminatory policies and systems must be transformed. Reparations should not only be equated with financial compensation. They also comprise measures aimed at restitution, rehabilitation, satisfaction and guarantees of non-repetition, including, for example, formal acknowledgment and apologies, memorialization and institutional and educational reforms. Reparations are essential for transforming relationships of discrimination and inequity and for mutually committing to and investing in a stronger, more resilient future of dignity, equality and non-discrimination for all. […]

Colonialism Reparation welcomes that the issue of reparations begins to be debated with consensus at the United Nations and condemns the boycott of the twentieth anniversary of the World Conference Against Racism (Durban IV) by some Member States (United States, Australia, Canada, Israel, United Kingdom, Hungary, Netherlands, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, France, Bulgaria, Croatia, Italy and New Zealand, namely the main colonial powers and some of their colonies).

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