Terms Of Reference for the Caricom Reparations Commission (CRC)

The terms of Reference of the CRC was agreed on at the first meeting of the Commission, held in St. Vincent and the Grenadines on September 17, 2013.  The Commission was constituted to achieve the following aims and objectives:

  1. Establish the moral, ethical and legal case for the payment of Reparations by the Governments of all the former colonial powers and the relevant institutions of those countries, to the nations and people of the Caribbean Community for the Crimes against Humanity of Native Genocide, the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and a racialised system of chattel Slavery;
  2. Advise and make recommendations for coordinated CARICOM action by the Prime Ministerial Sub-Committee on Reparations (See Ten Point Action Plan on Reparations);
  3. Coordinate and support the work of National Reparations Commissions and Task Forces and encourage the development of Commissions in those countries that have not yet established national bodies;
  4. Receive reports from National Reparations Commissions;
  5. Develop and implement a regional strategy to pursue Reparations, including the following actions:
    • Coordinate and/or undertake relevant historical research at the national, regional and international levels;
    • Coordinate and/or undertake legal research to inform case preparation and litigation strategies;
    • Coordinate national and regional public education campaigns;
    • Coordinate and/or conduct national and regional public consultations on Reparations;
    • Develop and recommend diplomatic strategies to advance the case for Reparations in multilateral institutions such as the United Nations, African Union, CELAC and with other supportive governments;
    • Identify and recommend the appointment of eminent spokespersons and champions for the cause of Reparations among artists, attorneys, scholars, indigenous peoples, Rastafarians, youth, women and politicians;
    • Engaging and partnering with national and regional civil society organizations involved in the Reparations Movement, especially the Rastafarian and Pan Africanist formations of the Caribbean;
  6. Develop and recommend decisive political action at the national and regional levels through Parliamentary debates and resolutions and national, regional and international popular mobilization;
  7. Conduct consultations to develop proposals on appropriate forms of redress through reparative programmes and projects;
  8. Coordinate and/or undertake the preparation of a detailed brief on the cost of the damages and current manifestations of such damage on indigenous people and their descendants and on enslaved Africans and their descendants, in the following and other relevant areas:
    • Economic (including land deprivation)
    • Social, Cultural and Psychological
    • Spiritual and Religious
    • Demographic
    • Medical
    • Educational
  9. Assume the responsibility for the preparation and presentation of the legal case for Reparations and highlight the special case of Reparations for Haiti;
  10. Serve as a quick response mechanism to address negative publicity on Reparations that may arise in regional or international media, and develop a pro-active media campaign to raise public awareness and canvas support;

The Regional Commission will review the Terms of Reference from time to time and amend the activities as deemed appropriate