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Jamaica calls for Britain to pay billions of pounds in reparations for slavery

David Cameron is facing calls for Britain to pay billions of pounds in reparations for slavery ahead of his first official visit to Jamaica on Tuesday.

Downing Street said the prime minister does not believe reparations or apologies for slavery are the right approach, but the issue is set to overshadow his trade trip to the island, where he will address the Jamaican parliament.

David Cameron faces demands for slavery reparation on Jamaica visit

Prime Minister David Cameron is facing calls to apologise and pay financial reparation for Britain's role in the historic slave trade in the Caribbean.

The demands from campaigners have threatened to overshadow the PM's visit to the island, where he was announcing £25m in British aid for a new Jamaican prison.

The country's PM Portia Simpson-Miller said she had raised the issue in talks.

Mr Cameron ruled out paying reparation, saying it was "not the right approach".

The scars of slavery still with us

The scars of slavery still with us

I would like to respond to Sahadeo Ragoonanan’s letter in Monday’s Express, headlined “Please stop blaming slavery”.

There are some people who try to trivialise the impact of slavery on the descendants of the African diaspora in the New World. Some do so, I suspect, in order to play devil’s advocate whether they know the truth or not; while others, I suspect, have no pertinent knowledge and jump on an unsteady bandwagon in their quest to further their own ignorance and selfish agenda.

France’s Francois Hollande Visits Haiti

France President Francois Hollande made an official visit Haiti on Tuesday, part of a wider tour that included stops in St Barth, St Martin, Martinique, Guadeloupe and Cuba.

Hollande became only the second sitting French President to visit the country’s onetime colony, following a visit by former French leader Nicolas Sarkozy.

Hollande’s visit included talks with Haiti President Michel Martelly and the signing of a joint declaration on cooperation in areas including education, vocational training and research.

Guadeloupe Reparations Summit - Memorial ACTe. Point a Pitre

Sunday 10th May, 2014 was inaugurated the day of commemoration of the abolition of slavery, in Pointe-à-Pitre by France President, François Hollande. The Mémorial ACTe located on the Darboussier site was a sugar factory and is culturally dedicated to the Memory and History of the Slavery Trade. Additionally, it is part of UNESCO’s Slave Route Project, a global initiative to promote the rapprochement of peoples through the shared legacy of this tragedy. 

National Commission on Reparaton

The policy and practice of reparatory justice has been a feature of European/Caribbean jurisprudence and history for over two centuries. In the 1820’s, for example, the British Parliament debated and rejected a proposal calling for the enslaved people of the Caribbean to receive compensation for their criminal enslavement and the illegal use of their labour. Since then the issue refuses to go away; and more and more attention has been focused on the Caribbean, arguably the site where the greatest crime against humanity was perpetrated during the period of modernity.

Minutes of the Honorable Jamaica House of Representatives

At a meeting of the Members of the House of Representatives held pursuant to adjournment at Gordon House in the City and Parish of Kingston on Tuesday, the 21st DAY OF FEBRUARY, 2012 The House met at 2:16 p.m. o’clock.

NOTICES OF MOTIONS GIVEN ORALLY

 Mr. Lester Michael Henry gave notice that at the next meeting of the House he would move:

 WHEREAS the Slave Trade was barbaric and uncivilized and represented one of the worst examples of man’s inhumanity to man and should never be either forgotten or repeated;

Reparations Guyana: A Case Study

History, my friends, is being made everyday: a phenomenal thing to truly grasp. Historic "shifts," impacting how we think, what we think and (hopefully) ever nudging the human race to forge new, more resilient paths to justice. Sometimes, however, those shifts are so rapid and so unassuming that their significance can oft times evade us.

 

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