Wednesday 12 August, 2020

PM Gonsalves: CARICOM needs to focus on reparations

The Caribbean Community needs to have a united front in its calls for European countries to make reparations to its former colonies.

This call was made by CARICOM Chairman Ralph Gonsalves in his Emancipation Day 2020 message.

“In our region, and elsewhere, we need to have a more thorough-going public education programme on the meaning and significance of reparatory justice for the Caribbean,” Gonsalves stated.

 “Further, our governments must ramp up the political, diplomatic, and international legal struggle for reparations. All hands are required on deck as a matter of urgency!”

Gonsalves, who is also the Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, noted CARICOM has done work on the matter by developing adopting a 10-point reparation agenda.

“The circumstances are now propitious for escalating a coordinated push for reparatory justice. And CARICOM must engage the African Union fully on this,” he said.

The Prime Minister noted tomorrow’s observance of Emancipation Day is a significant one for people of descendants of the Atlantic Slave Trade since it comes at the mid-way point of the United Nation’s International Decade for People of African Descent.

Gonsalves ended his message by calling on the next Government of Guyana to finally bring to justice the people responsible for the assassination of Guyanese historian and activist Walter Rodney 40 years ago.

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