Caribbean nations agree to seek slavery reparations from Europe

By REUTERS
March 12, 2014 01:07

KINGSTON - Caribbean leaders are moving forward with a plan to seek reparations from the former slave-owning states of Europe, according to a lawyer for the island nations.

The Caribbean Community (Caricom) approved a 10-point plan for reparations at a two-day meeting in St. Vincent and the Grenadines that was due to wrap up on Tuesday, said Martyn Day, a UK-based lawyer at Leigh Day, who is working on the case.

The Caribbean countries said that European governments in addition to being responsible for conducting slavery and genocide, also imposed 100 years of racial apartheid and suffering on freed slaves and the survivors of genocide.

The former slave-owning states of Europe "have refused to acknowledge such crimes or to compensate victims and their descendants," according to a statement by Caricom.

The Caribbean continues to suffer from the effects of slavery today, Caricom said.


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