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

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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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National African American Reparations Commission (NAARC)

NAARC Praises Human Rights Report — Says it Will Bolster Reparations Movement

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The National African American Reparations Commission (NAARC), an authoritative voice for the U.S. and global reparations movements commended the U.N. Human Rights Council on its landmark report released this week. Dr. Ron Daniels, Convener of NAARC believes the report will bolster the growing reparations movement at a historical moment of reckoning on issues related to the holocaust of enslavement and the ongoing harms inflicted on people of African descent by…

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Michelle Bachelet

UN rights boss urges ‘wide range’ of reparations over racism

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BERLIN (AP) — The U.N. human rights chief on Monday urged countries to “fully fund comprehensive processes” and take “a wide range of reparations measures” to address the legacies of slavery, colonial rule and racial discrimination. Michelle Bachelet presented to the U.N. Human Rights Council a landmark report launched after the killing of George Floyd in the United States and released last month. A year in the making, it hopes to build…

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How colonialism’s legacy makes it harder for countries to escape poverty and fossil fuels today

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The fact that nearly half the world’s population is still struggling to escape poverty while global temperatures hurtle upward is not a coincidence. By Patrick Greiner, The Conversation — While fossil fuels were powering wealthy nations’ economic growth in the 19th and 20th centuries, many countries across the Global South remained largely impoverished. Today, all that burning of oil, coal and natural gas has warmed the planet toward dangerous levels, and…

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Michelle Bachelet, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights

The U.N. Rights Chief Says Reparations Are Needed For People Facing Racism

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By The Associated Press — The U.N. human rights chief, in a landmark report launched after the killing of George Floyd in the United States, is urging countries worldwide to do more to help end discrimination, violence and systemic racism against people of African descent and “make amends” to them — including through reparations. The report from Michelle Bachelet, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, offers a sweeping look…

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UN Human Rights Chief urges immediate, transformative action to uproot systemic racism

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Monday issued an urgent call for States to adopt a “transformative agenda” to uproot systemic racism, as she published a report casting a spotlight on the litany of violations of economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights suffered by people of African descent – on a daily basis and across different States and jurisdictions. The report states that the worldwide mobilization…

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‘We want the world to see’: Colombia protesters’ demands grow in face of police brutality

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By Joshua Collins — BOGOTA, Colombia – Juan Carlos Neiva says he is part of “Primero Linea,” the “First Line,” a group of protesters who actively engage riot police in running street battles. He holds a homemade wooden shield, painted with the phrase “For education, and for the fallen.” His face is covered by a black T-shirt wrapped around his head. “The Colombian people are yelling and we want the world…

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Ease up on Venezuela, CARICOM urges US

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By Edmond Campbell— The leadership of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is urging the Joe Biden administration to carry out a “dispassionate early review” of the United States’ scorched policy towards Venezuela, with a view to lifting draconian sanctions that have contributed to an economic and humanitarian crisis in that country. Under the Donald Trump administration, the United States imposed tough sanctions on the South American country as it increased pressure…

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As Haiti dives deeper into chaos, opposition tries forming parallel government

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Haitians awoke Monday to empty streets, a tightened police presence and a deeper political crisis: Now there are two men who claim to be the nation’s president. By Jacqueline Charles— Opposition and civil society groups installed Joseph Mécène Jean-Louis, 72, the oldest member of Haiti’s Supreme Court, late Sunday as president for two years. In a video shared on social media, Jean-Louis, sitting next to a Haitian flag, said he…

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Nkechi Taifa

Of Terror and Promise: On This MLK Day, There’s No Better Time to Call for Reparatory Justice!

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By Nkechi Taifa— The terror Blacks feel is in our bones. For me, it began when white storm clouds of terror hung over the home of Mose Wright late one August night in 1955, when white, armed terrorists demanded his great-nephew, 14-year-old Emmett Till, be handed over to them. I was scarcely eight months old. Young Emmett had made the mistake of being from Chicago and, not heeding “The Talk” his…

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Keynote Address By Michelle Bachelet at the Inaugural European Parliament Commemoration of the European Day for the Abolition of the Slave Trade

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By Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights— “Recognizing the Past, Repairing the Present, Building the Future”   Excellencies, Colleagues, friends, It is my honour to address this Inaugural Commemoration of the European Day for the Abolition of the Slave Trade, with the theme: “Recognizing the Past, Repairing the Present, Building the Future.” I commend the European Parliament’s Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup for organizing this event alongside the…

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The Caribbean’s case for reparations: Part 3

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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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