Slavery

Reparation

In recent years, there has been an increasing cry for restitutions (monetary and otherwise) for the decades of brutality, genocide, exploitation and massacre of enslaved Africans and those involved in rebellions and protests against slavery. In Jamaica, The National Commission on Reparations, launched under Professor Barry Chevannes’ leadership and now headed by Professor Verene Shepherd, was established by the Government of Jamaica in 2009 to “consider and make recommendations on proposals, seeking compensation from countries formerly engaged in the slave trade for the descendants of slaves.” Events such as the World Conference on Racism” held in Durban, South Africa in 2001 and the 2007 “Bicentennial Anniversary of the Abolition of the Slavery” have further inspired the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to establish a regional commission with the common goal of providing some momentum to the reparations movement.

For more information on reparations here are some useful websites:

http://jis.gov.jm/features/national-commission-reparations/

http://jis.gov.jm/national-commission-on-reparation-needs-26-million/

Legacies of British slave ownership

http://www.humejohnson.com/solving-jamaicas-identity-issues-reparation-r…

Source (National Library of Jamaica)