Marking the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, Caricom, and through its Reparations Commission (CRC), Caricom advocated for the compensation for damages caused to Indigenous and Afro-descendant communities of the Caribbean during the colonization period.
Caricom is demanding countries like the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Portugal, Netherlands, Sweden, and Denmark to publicly apologize for the damages caused to the Caribbean people during slavery.
In July, Caricom Chairman and Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, issued a statement marking Emancipation Day which read: “I urge all in CARICOM to focus on reparations for the enslavement of Africans on Emancipation Day, 2020. In our region, and elsewhere, we need to have a more thorough-going public education programme on the meaning and significance of reparatory justice for the Caribbean. Further, our governments must ramp up the political, diplomatic, and international legal struggle for reparations. All hands are required on deck as a matter of urgency!”