Caricom demands restorative justice after centuries of slavery – CountingNews

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Georgetown, Aug 23 (Prensa Latina) The Caribbean Community (Caricom) today demands restorative justice for its nations after centuries of slavery and racism perpetrated by various former colonizing states of Europe and North America.

In context on the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its abolition, the regional bloc advocates through its Reparations Commission (CRC) for a reward to indigenous and Afro-descendant communities after the legacy of underdevelopment caused by the colonial period.

Under the backing of the United Nations, Caricom requires former colonizers such as the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Denmark to apologize for years of oppression and discrimination without being compelled to do so in court. [19659003] Adopted in 2013, the CRC justice program recognizes the role and special status of European countries as legal bodies to develop and sustain these crimes, in addition to serving as agencies in slave-based enrichment and crime.

The CRC action plan for reconciliation, truth and justice for victims and their descendants includes topics such as repatriation, the development program for indigenous peoples, cultural institutions, public health crisis, eradication of illiteracy, psychological rehabilitation, technology transfer and debt cancellation.

Midway through the International Decade for People of African Descent (2015- 2024), the member and associate states of Caricom demand reparations for the native genocide, enslavement and crimes against humanity that slow the progress of their populations.

On this aspect, Ralph Gonsalves, president of Caricom and prime minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines urged the governments of the region to develop public education programs on the meaning and importance of restorative justice for the Caribbean.

Gonsalves called on the states of the community bloc to intensify the political and diplomatic struggle and legal with a view to preparing victims and sufferers for full admission with dignity into citizenship of the global community.

In turn, the Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Amor Mottley, pointed out in a virtual debate at the beginning of Last July that the colonial regime and the slave system left the Caribbean area in very extreme social and economic circumstances, further aggravated by constant attacks on financial services.

Mottley specified that the issue of reparation for the damages caused to the Caribbean countries is not “simply about money, but also about justice.”

The International Day of Remembrance of the The Slave Trade and its abolition pays tribute to the insurrection of August 23, 1791 when men and women subjected to slavery in Saint Domingue claimed their independence and the western part of the island of Hispaniola regained its original Amerindian name: Haiti.

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