SAN JUAN – Representatives from the Caribbean Community Reparations Commission and the U.S. National African American Reparations Commission plan to call for a Global Summit of Reparations Commissions for 2017 to discuss demands for redress of the crimes of slavery and segregation.
The Institute of the Black World 21st Century said Tuesday the call emerged from last week’s International Reparations Summit in New York City.
“In the memory of our ancestors, those who gathered for this historic conference in New York viewed the National/International Summit as the beginning of the final stage in the long historical process of seeking justice, repair, restitution and recompense for the monstrous crimes of African enslavement and native genocide,” Institute president Ron Daniels said.
Delegations at the New York gathering also agreed to convene a global summit in Europe at some point over the next two years to take CARICOM’s demand for reparations for native genocide and African enslavement into the home of the former colonial powers.
The Institute’s director of communications, Don Rojas, told Efe in a phone interview that the conference in Europe is expected to take place before the 2017 Global Summit of Reparations Commissions, to be convened in the Caribbean.
CARICOM has already agreed upon a 10-point program, which includes asking Europe for an official apology and debt forgiveness, among other demands.
CARICOM comprises Antigua and Barbuda; the Bahamas; Barbados; Belize; Dominica; Grenada; Guyana; Haiti; Jamaica; Montserrat; St. Lucia; St. Kitts and Nevis; St. Vincent and the Grenadines; Suriname; and Trinidad and Tobago.