The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70: Time to De-Colonize Human Rights!

Ajamu Baraka The post-WW II promise of human rights was a compact meant for white people only, but a People-Centered Human Rights framework seeks global liberation and transformation. “If human rights are to have any incredibility, any “universal” applicability, any value, they must be seized from the barbaric grip of European and de-colonized.” “…recognition of the…

Cuba Calls for Reparations for Descendants of the African Slave Trade

73 UNGA: Statement by Ambassador Anayansi Rodríguez Camejo, Permanent Representative of Cuba to the United Nations, on item 119: “Commemoration of the abolition of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade”. New York, 21 November 2018. Madam Chair, We support the intervention made by the Bahamas on behalf of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Cuba engaged in…

Black Internationalism and the Colonial Challenges Facing Haiti and Venezuela

Jeanette Charles Solidarity as defined by President Aristide takes root in the African philosophy of Ubuntu, Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu: “a person is a person through other human beings. A person becomes a person through the community. A person is a person when she/he treats others well….Ubuntu is the source of all philosophy grounded in solidarity,…

Reparations at the World Social Forum 2018

Colonialism Reparation The theme of reparations at the 2018 World Social Forum in Salvador de Bahia was treated in the workshop Repairs to Colonialism (page 113), in the World Assembly of Resistance Peoples, Movements and Territories and in the Agora of futures. In these activities participated some hundred people, many of whom representatives of other…

Does Jamaica Offer Reparations Precedent for Caribbean?

All other CARICOM (and wider Caribbean) nations have similar cases of national heroes and freedom fighters who had been demonized by the colonial authorities. Earl Bousquet The launch of the Center for Reparations Research in Jamaica in October included other matching local events, enough attention to which may have been dwarfed by the international acclamations…

The Caribbean Cannot Afford to Have its History Erased

“A nation without its history is like a tree without its roots!” Responding to demands for reparations, London reminded its former colonies they should not expect a penny from the British Treasury. Earl Bousquet London has again flatly rejected a repeated call by 15 Caribbean governments for discussion on a mechanism for Reparations from Britain…

Tri-Continental Nations Support Caribbean Quest for Reparations

Earl Bousquet The symposium was very deep and wide in its breadth of topics and discussed the matter of reparatory justice from almost every angle. Caribbean, North and South American, African, European and Jamaican advocates for reparations were heard louder than they had bargained for when they addressed a very wide range of related topical…

Reparations: What About First People, Indo-Caribbeans and Afro-South Americans?

To what extent are First Peoples, Indo-Caribbeans and Afro-South Americans involved in their own representations for reparations? Earl Bousquet Caribbean governments are seeking Reparations from Europe for Slavery and Native Genocide. But what about the plight and fate of the hundreds of thousands of so-called “Indentured Servants” from India who replaced the slaves? And the African…

Remarks by H.E. Evo Morales Ayma to the United Nations General Assembly

Published on Apr 25, 2017 Remarks by H.E. Evo Morales Ayma, President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, at the High-level event to mark the tenth anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (English). The Convocation by the Plurinational State of Bolivia to the “World Conference of…

Caribbean Reparations Movement Must Put Capitalism on Trial

Ajamu Nangwaya The struggle for reparations in the Caribbean should become a site of the class struggle and organizing the people for socialism or communism. Why is the reparations movement in the Anglophone Caribbean not putting capitalism on trial in its campaign to force British imperialism to provide financial compensation for its industrial and agricultural…

Afro-Venezuelans Deserve Reparations that go Beyond the Symbolic

By Rachael Boothroyd Rojas and Francisco Tovar On the 163rd anniversary of the abolition of slavery in Venezuela, Francisco Tovar, activist for the rights of Afro-descendents and executive director of the Institute of African Diaspora Studies (IEA) talks to Venezuelanalysis about systemic racism, the challenges facing the Afro-Venezuelan population today, and his new book on…

All White Women Owe Reparations to African People

By Penny Hess, Chair of the African People’s Solidarity Committee An estimated 2.6 million mostly white women participated in the January 21 Women’s March on Washington and in cities across the country following the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th U.S. president. The rallies were not considered “protests;” although they had a mission statement, the…

Demand for Reparations to the Caribbean for Genocide of Native People and Slavery

Colonialism Reparation supports the request for reparations of the members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) for the genocide of the native people and the slavery and calls on the former colonizers (United Kingdom, France, Netherlands, etc. ) to apologize and pay reparations for the colonial period.From April 2016 it began a series of Reparations relays…

Land Law and Economic Liberation

Keynote addresss at the 4th Spring Law Conference, College of Law, University of South Africa, Pretoria, 27 September 2016 Motsoko Pheko Liberation of a land dispossessed people without land is a gigantic colonial fraud. Land is the primary source of life. Food does not grow in the sky. Houses are not built in the air….