In 2013 Caribbean Heads of Governments established the Caricom Reparations Commission [CRC] with a mandate to prepare the case for reparatory justice for the region's indigenous and African descendant communities who are the victims of Crimes against Humanity [CAH] in the forms of genocide, slavery, slave trading, and racial apartheid.
This document, prepared by the CRC, proposes the delivery of this mandate within the formulation of the Caricom Reparations Justice Program [CRJP]. The CRC asserts that victims and descendants of these CAH have a legal right to reparatory justice, and that those who committed these crimes, and who have been enriched by the proceeds of these crimes, have a reparatory case to answer.
The CRJP recognizes the special role and status of European governments in this regard, being the legal bodies that instituted the framework for developing and sustaining these crimes. These governments, furthermore, served as the primary agencies through which slave based enrichment took place, and as national custodians of criminally accumulated wealth.
The CRC Asserts That European Governments:
* Were owners and traders of enslaved Africans * Instructed genocidal actions upon indigenous communities
* Created the legal, financial and fiscal policies necessary for the enslavement of Africans
* Defined and enforced African enslavement and native genocide as in their 'national interests'
* Refused compensation to the enslaved with the ending of their enslavement
* Compensated slave owners at emancipation for the loss of legal property rights in enslaved Africans
* Imposed a further one hundred years of racial apartheid upon the emancipated
* Imposed for another one hundred years policies designed to perpetuate suffering upon the emancipated and survivors of genocide
* And have refused to acknowledge such crimes or to compensate victims and their descendants
The CRC is committed to the process of national international reconciliation. Victims and their descendants have a duty to call for reparatory justice.
Their call for justice is the basis of the closure they seek to the terrible tragedies that engulfed humanity during modernity. The CRC comes into being some two generations after the national independence process, and finds European colonial rule as a persistent part of Caribbean life.
The CRC operates within the context of persistent objection from European governments to its mandate.
The CRC, nonetheless, is optimistic that the...