CARICOM members urged to continue pressing for reparation from former colonisers

TURIN, Italy, Jan 23 (NNN) — Colonialism Reparation, a body set up to seek reconciliation efforts, apologies and reparations payments for countries that had been colonised in the past, has been continuing its efforts towards reparation despite seeing poor or slow response from their former colonisers.

In a press statement issued to NNN recently, Colonialism Reparation said it was encouraging members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to have more momentum in the request for reparations for past treatment of colonised nations despite slow or nil response from the former colonial countries.

In recent years pressure has increased on member nations of CARICOM to drop the request for reparations with refusals by former colonisers.

Despite this, there have been many initiatives, it said, including the various calls made by country heads at the United Nations General Assembly meetings to address the issue collectively .

On June 10, 2019 in Kingston, Jamaica, the Vice-President of the CARICOM Reparations Commission Verene Shepherd announced the expansion of the list of countries to be targeted for reparations.

On September 27, 2019 in New York during the General Debate of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly the Prime Minister of Angigua and Barbuda Gaston Browne said that “underdevelopment and financial vulnerability were created by centuries of exploitation in slavery and bound-labour for which no compensation was made. Relevant European nations should provide reparations to compensate for their development on the backs of our people.”