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CARICOM Secretary-General highlights areas of cooperation with Africa on reparations at international conference

Posted: Tuesday, November 14, 2023. 9:33 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Dr Carla Barnett of Belize, has told an international reparations conference being held in Accra, Ghana, that CARICOM Heads of Government agree that collaboration with Africa on reparations is critical to moving the reparations justice agenda further forward.

The Accra Reparations Conference is being held this week and brings together representatives of the Caribbean, African, and African diaspora regions to discuss and share knowledge on the topic. Legal experts, policymakers, academics, and stakeholders from the Caribbean Region, Reparations Commissions-Americas and the Caribbean, the UN System, California Reparations Task Force, African Civil Society organizations, and Regional Economic Communities of African Union (AU) Member States and Diaspora Focal Points are attending.

In reiterating that the obtaining of reparations from Europe is a priority for the region, Dr Barnett shared that CARICOM heads of Government, including Belize’s John Briceno, “…have expressed their full support for the convening of the Accra Reparations Conference as a strategic and prime opportunity to forge a common, collaborative agenda between the Caribbean and Africa on reparations… The Accra Reparations Conference is, therefore, timely to facilitate dialogue on the reparations agenda.”

The AU’s membership is reportedly seeking to develop a common position on reparations and a roadmap for future collaboration with the African diaspora on reparatory justice.

Dr Barnett highlighted ideas from recent meetings of CARICOM Heads of Government to bring in the AU, including co-sponsoring a resolution on reparations at the United Nations, to signal our joint commitment and our position that reparatory justice ought to receive due consideration by the United Nations; seek an advisory opinion from the International Court of Justice, through the United Nations General Assembly; lobbying to have reparations included on the agenda of key meetings of intergovernmental bodies and creating a joint CARICOM-African Union committee of legal experts.

She concluded by highlighting other areas of cooperation between CARICOM and the AU and urging stakeholders to seize the moment and ensure that CARICOM, Africa, and others from the diaspora speak with one voice to advance the just and strong call for reparations for the crimes against humanity of native genocide, the trans-Atlantic trade in enslaved Africans and chattel enslavement.

The theme of the Conference is “Building a United Front to Advance the Cause of Justice and the Payment of Reparations to Africans”.

 

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