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Islamic states should pay reparation too
According to an article in Newsday August 8, datelined Kingston Jamaica, the Mona Campus University of the West Indies is to offer a course on reparation, and will be looking at the issue of compensation for slavery in the Caribbean. No mention is made about the indigenous peoples whose lands we all occupy without their consent and the children of indentured Indian labourers who were transported to the Caribbean region from 1838 to 1917.
Dr Clinton Hutton, who is a lecturer in the department of government in political philosophy and culture, says, “the curriculum would examine the argument for reparations within a historical context…It is important to educate the Caribbean population about the issues of slavery and reparations.” I wish to draw Dr Hutton’s attention to an article available on the Internet and written by Alistair Boddy-Evans and titled Reparations for Slavery:
“When the African World Reparation and Repatriation Truth Commission (AWEETC) met for the first time in Accra in 1999, they issued a declaration that called for $777 trillion over five years as reparation for enslaving Africans during the colonisation of the continent. The money was to come from those nations of Western Europe and the Americans and institutions who participated and benefited from the slave and colonialism.”
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