Reparations for Africa's Diaspora: The Politics of Memory & Justice
Tuesday, 17 June 2014 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Speakers: Dr Nathaniel Adam Tobias C̶o̶l̶e̶m̶a̶n̶, UCL; Esther Roniyah Stanford-Xosei, Reparationist, Jurisconsult; Dr Kwadwo Osei-Nyame Jr, SOAS; Onyekachi Wambu, Director, Engagement & Policy, AFFORD; Richard Stein, Partner, Leigh Day. Chair: Dr Ama Biney, Editor, Pambazuka News
In March 2014 leaders of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) agreed to seek reparations from former slave owning and trading states in Europe. The heads of state from 15 Caribbean nations agreed upon a 10 point plan that will set the agenda for discussion with European nations. The issue of reparations has been discussed over a century by African Diaspora, and CARICOM’s challenge presents a forum and opportunity for progressive discussion around, international justice, the nature of reparations and the politics of memory.
The panel of key figures from the African Diaspora, reparations campaigners and representatives of CARICOM states discussed the impact of reparations for Africa and the Diaspora.