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The Global Reparations Movement: The Greatest Political Tide of the 21st Century

By Reparations

Statement by the CARICOM Reparations Commission (CRC) — The CARICOM Reparations Commission (CRC) welcomes recent developments in the movement for reparatory justice, especially in the Caribbean and across the United States, and the wide media coverage of the movement in the aftermath of the globalization of the Black Lives Matter campaign. Rastafari, civil society organizations, and prominent public figures in the Caribbean like Hon. Michael Lester “Mike” Henry and Hon….

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Suspects in the assassination of Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse

Colombian mercenaries who killed Haiti’s President were trained by the US military

By News & Current Affairs

The hit squad that killed President Jovenel Moïse is alleged to be largely drawn from veterans of Colombia’s civil conflicts. By Joe Parkin Daniels, The Guardian — When Manuel Antonio Grosso Guarín jetted into Punta Cana’s tourist-clogged airport early last month on Avianca Flight 252, immigration officials are unlikely to have given the 41-year-old Colombian a second glance. Visitors from around the globe flock to this Dominican resort town each…

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BLM Protesters march through London towards Parliament Square

The global impact of George Floyd: How Black Lives Matter protests shaped movements around the world

By News & Current Affairs

George Floyd’s young daughter said, “Daddy changed the world.” These global protests show how right she was. By Jason Silverstein, CBS News — George Floyd’s murder in Minneapolis in May 2020 sparked the largest racial justice protests in the United States since the Civil Rights Movement. But the movement went far beyond this nation’s borders — it inspired a global reckoning with racism. This time last year, countries across the globe had some of the largest…

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This Democrat Is Vying for a Powerful Foreign Affairs Role. His Ties To Right-Wing Groups in Colombia Could Haunt Him.

By Commentaries/Opinions

Rep. Gregory Meeks worked with Colombian politicians tied to right-wing paramilitaries to help push for a corporate-friendly “free trade” deal. By Sarah Lazare and Maurizio Guerrero, In These Times — Rep. Gre­go­ry Meeks (D‑N.Y.), the estab­lish­ment favorite to replace out­go­ing Rep. Eliot Engel (D‑N.Y.) as chair of the pow­er­ful House For­eign Affairs Com­mit­tee, is known for his fierce sup­port of “free trade” deals around the world. He didn’t just vote in…

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Afro-Colombian activists

Violent attack on Afro-descendant community leaders in Colombia

By News & Current Affairs

Attack Against Leaders of Organizing Processes; Association of Community Councils of Norte Del Cauca Aconc, Process of Black Communities (PCN), Association of Black Women of Norte Del Cauca (ASOM) Santander de Quilichao, Colombia — At approximately 5:30 pm, we, human rights leaders and defenders of ethnic and territorial rights of the Association of Community Councils of Norte del Cauca—ACONC and the Process of Black Communities—PCN and the Association of Black Women…

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The leaders shortly before the attack

Bodyguards injured in attack on Afrocolombian leaders in southwest Colombia

By News & Current Affairs

Photo of the leaders shortly before the attack. By Adriaan Alsema, Colombia Reports — Armed men attacked Afrocolombian leaders who were preparing a pending meeting with the national government, they said Saturday. Two bodyguards were injured. According to black rights organization PCN, armed men started shooting and threw a hand grenade while black rights leaders were meeting in a farm in Santander de Quilichao in the north of the Cauca…

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At a time when Colombia’s peace implementation is threatened in part by government failures to fulfill obligations under its peace accord with the FARC, global advocates are encouraging international solidarity with women who are struggling for a peace that includes their human rights. (Photo: darioadn.co)

Afro-Colombian Women Mobilize for Justice and Healing on International Women’s Day

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In Colombia, women are demanding an end to the impunity, silence and invisibility that fuel attacks on female human rights defenders. Tumaco – Afro-descendant women’s organizations in Colombia are marking International Women’s Day by highlighting Black women’s role in peacebuilding and calling for reparations for conflict-related gender-based violence and other human rights violations. As members of communities that have long suffered governmental neglect, Afro-Colombian women and girls have faced disproportionate rates of conflict-related human rights violations with minimal access to justice or services. Ongoing violence in the wake of Colombia’s peace accord with the FARC, including killings of human rights defenders and displacement of entire communities, has especially impacted Afro-Colombian and Indigenous Peoples.

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