Reparations for Caricom Countries and Help From Africa

CARICOM is an organization that brings together economic integration, foreign policy coordination, human and social development, and security to a group now currently consisting of 15 member states and 5 associate members of Caribbean nations and dependencies. The members are Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago. The 5 associate members are Anguilla, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, and Turks and Caicos.

At the 34th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM on July 2013 in Trinidad and Tobago, CARICOM created the CARICOM Reparations Commission. The main mandate of the Commission is to, “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 racialized system of chattel Slavery.”

African nations have also shown their participation in helping to engage in cooperation and the exchange of information to be included in the legal battles with Europe to win reparation payments. Recently at the United Nations, Grenada and Botswana formed an advocacy group that would put heads together, compare research, and generally work as a team. They contend that Britain, France, The Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, Norway and Russia all have played a major part and benefited economically and in other forms from the slave trade to the Americas.