Caribbean countries demand reparations for slavery

This video from the USA says about itself:

12 YEARS A SLAVE – Official Trailer (HD)

19 July 2013

12 YEARS A SLAVE is based on an incredible true story of one man’s fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender) as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) forever alters his life.

Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Lupita Nyong’o, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt, and Alfre Woodard.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands today:

Fifteen Caribbean heads of state, united in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), demand from their ex-colonizers compensation for the damage they have caused during the period of slavery. They want the Netherlands to be held liable as well, because of its history of slavery in Suriname.

It is the first time that such a large group of countries are demanding reparations from their former colonizers. The countries also address the requirement to Britain, France, Spain, Portugal, Norway, Sweden and Denmark. CARICOM convened in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines today to discuss a plan with ten demands.


Reparations for the suffering caused by slavery are not just about hard cash, says the chairman of the committee, Sir Hilary Beckles: “Our goal is a dialogue with the European countries, they are responsible for the disadvantaged situation of the Caribbean countries today.”

See also here.

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