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Barbados’ ambassador discusses justice and reparations movement with Minister Henry Usher and Belizean officials

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Posted: Wednesday, September 7, 2022. 9:53 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: Henry Charles Usher, Minister of Public Service, Constitutional and Political Reform and Religious Affairs, received Ambassador of the Republic of Barbados to Belize, the Caribbean Community and Association of Caribbean States, David Commissiong, along with Cesar Ross, Director of the Good Governance Unit, and members of the Good Governance Unit and the Belize Reparatory Justice Commission.

The High Commissioner said he was especially interested in working with Belize on the issue of the region-wide justice and reparations movement, which includes the establishment of reparations and justice commissions throughout CARICOM member states.

Ambassador Commissiong reiterated that Belize could reinforce the reparations movement as it is a country rich in unique indigenous history that was immensely impacted by colonial powers and slavery injustice. The Minister charged the representatives on the commission to properly establish themselves in order to begin education and lobbying on the movement in Belize.

Last October, the National Assembly approved unanimously the motion tabled by Deputy Prime Minister Cordel Hyde titled “Reparatory Justice for the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and Slavery in British Honduras.” That motion said the National Assembly decides unanimously that “the Government of Belize is morally, legally and ethically obliged on behalf of the former slaves and the descendants of Belize, then the British settlement in the Bay of Honduras, to present the appropriate case in the United Kingdom to determine whether as a matter of law, the United Kingdom is liable for the unlawful seizure, transportation and subsequent enslavement of African people in Belize under British colonial rule up until 1833 and to receive the appropriate reparations from Britain.”

 

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