Caribbean Conference on Reparations Held in Antigua

Professor Sir Hilary Beckles chairs the 15-country task force seeking reparations. (Photo Credit: Google Images)

Professor Sir Hilary Beckles chairs the 15-country task force seeking reparations. (Photo Credit: Google Images)

Caribbean 360 is reporting that a two-day conference was held in St. Johns, Antigua to discuss “reparatory justice.” The author writes:

“Chairperson of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Reparations Commission, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, said the movement has been energized and the Commission is working towards mounting a region-wide rally.

We are going to organize, with the support of all of these national commissions, a regional rally in which we will move the reparations banner from the northern Caribbean, through to the center, to the south, all the way through to Brazil,’ Sir Hilary told reporters at the close of the Second Regional Conference on Reparations late Tuesday.

Beckles, the renowned historian and Principal of the Cave Hill campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI), said such an event would engage the talents of artists, musicians and youth, while bringing regional and global attention to the matter.

The conference also discussed strategies on getting more youth involved in the movement, and working across the diaspora to gain reparations. The two day event was hosted by the Antiguan and Barbuda government and the Antigua and Barbuda Reparations Support Commission. Other goals include reconciliation between victims and beneficiaries.

The author adds:

“It also seeks to achieve the Caribbean Reparatory Justice Programme 10-Point Action Plan that tackles various social, educational and economic issues including debt cancelation, public health, illiteracy eradication and psychological rehabilitation.”

Read more at Caribbean 360.

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