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Dr. Ralph Gonsalves

Rise again, Dr Ralph, says Beckles

By Commentaries/Opinions

The University of the West Indies expresses its dismay and disappointment in the development in Kingstown, Saint Vincent, that resulted in physical injury to the nation’s honourable and distinguished prime minister, Dr Ralph Gonsalves. The event that featured the hurling of a missile intended to injure Dr Gonsalves constituted an act of hooliganism against his personhood and of vandalism against the collective nationhood. The university community condemns the dastardly action…

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Prof Sir Hilary Beckles: The Economics of Chattel Slavery in the Caribbean and the Americas

By Reparations

Watch Video — Professor Sir Hilary Beckles delivers speech “The Economics of Chattel Slavery in the Caribbean and the Americas.” during the May 20, 2021 virtual symposium on “Reparations Under International Law”. This symposium was co-sponsored by the Center for Reparations Research at the University of the West Indies (CRR) and the American Society of International Lawyers (ASIL)

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UWI’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles

Message from the CARICOM Reparations Commission On the Occasion of the U.S. Congressional Hearing on the HR40 Bill

By HR 40 Congressional Hearing, News & Current Affairs, Reparations

By Professor Sir Hilary Beckles — On behalf of the CARICOM Reparations Commission, allow me to congratulate members of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties for conducting this Congressional hearing on the HR40 Bill. Your hearing comes at a time when the global movement for reparatory justice for 250 years of enslavement and genocide and for dismantling the structures of systemic racism and white supremacy…

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The Caribbean’s case for reparations: Part 3

By Reparations

This is the third article in a series that highlights the question of slavery reparations in the Caribbean. (The first is here; the second is here.) It is based around issues discussed in the NGC Bocas Lit Fest’s live stream event, “The Case for Reparations,” which featured an in-depth conversation with Sir Hilary Beckles, chair of the CARICOM Reparations Commission. COVID-19 has revealed “horrendous legacies” of inequity By Janine Mendes-Franco — Five hundred and twenty-eight…

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The slave trade triangle

The Caribbean’s case for reparations: Part 2

By Reparations

This is the second article in a series that highlights the question of slavery reparations in the Caribbean. (See Part 1 here.) It is based around issues discussed in the NGC Bocas Lit Fest’s live stream event, “The Case for Reparations,” which featured an in-depth conversation with Sir Hilary Beckles, chair of the CARICOM Reparations Commission. *** Reparatory justice: ‘The greatest political movement of the 21st century’ By Janine Mendes-Franco — In commemoration…

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Screenshot of the Facebook live stream of Bocas Lit Fest’s “The Case for Reparations,” a conversation with Sir Hilary Beckles (right), chaired by Andy Knight, which took place on October 11, 2020.

Beckles Calls for $50 billion Reparations Fund

By Reparations

By George Alleyne — The CARICOM Reparations Committee wants $50 billion as money for an Investment Development Fund donated as a starting point by entities that profited from slavery, and apologised for their role, to begin the Caribbean growth process, and to be managed both regionally and globally. The initial money from this Fund is not intended to be passed on to individuals but, with approval of the regional and global management committee, go towards capital outlay for much…

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Screenshot of the Facebook live stream of Bocas Lit Fest's “The Case for Reparations,” a conversation with Sir Hilary Beckles (right), chaired by Andy Knight (left), which took place on October 11, 2020.

The Caribbean’s case for reparations: Part 1

By Reparations

This is the first article in a series that highlights the question of slavery reparations in the Caribbean. It is based around issues discussed in the NCG Bocas Lit Fest’s live stream event, ‘The Case for Reparations,’ which featured an in-depth conversation with Sir Hilary Beckles (right), chair of the CARICOM Reparations Commission. *** Refusal of reparations denies ‘the criminal nature of colonial crimes’ By Janine Mendes-Francol — On October 12, 1492, Christopher Columbus…

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Africa, Bert Sam, Caribbean, Centre for Reparations Research, Colonialism, Cozier Frederick, CRR, Dominique Day, Dr. Ron Daniels, Earl Bousquet, June Soomer, Ka'Bu Ma'at Kheru, Kibwe Copeland, Laleta Davis-Mattis, PJ Patterson, Sir Hilary Beckles, University of the West Indies, UWI, Verene Shepherd

Centre for Reparation Research Commemorates Indigenous Peoples Day with a Virtual Symposium

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

October 12, 2020 — The Centre for Reparations Research and the University of the West Indies presents it’s 3rd Anniversary Symposium “The Indigenous Peoples and Colonising Deformities: Africa, the Americas, and the Caribbean after 1942”. Hon. P. J. Patterson and Sir Hilary Beckles among Guest Speakers Italian explorer and navigator Christopher Columbus arrived in the Americas on Oct. 12, 1492. In 1494, he launched the trans-Atlantic slave trade, sending enslaved…

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Al Jazeera — Should Britain pay Reparations for its part in the slave trade? Sir Hilary Beckles, vice-chancellor of the University of the West Indies and chairman of the CARICOM Reparations Committee, tells us what the UK should do.

Should Britain pay reparations for its part in the slave trade?

By Reparations

British banks, prime ministers and parish vicars made millions from the slave trade. Plus Wirecard’s missing billions. The toppling of slave owner Edward Colston’s statue amid the Black Lives Matter protests has raised some uncomfortable questions about the United Kingdom’s role in the slave trade. The transportation of more than a million Africans as part of the triangle trade helped build the British economy. Sir Hilary Beckles, vice-chancellor of the…

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UWI’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles

Beckles calls for High-Level International Reparations Summit

By Reparations

Says the time has come for a Caribbean Development Plan Prof. Sir Hilary Beckles, Chairman of the CARICOM Reparations Commission (CRC), is calling for a reparations summit involving the governments of the Caribbean and of Europe and with representatives of their private corporations, universities and civil society organizations, to discuss their contributions to a development plan for the Caribbean. The three-day summit will discuss how to honor the historical debt…

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