DECLARATION of REPARATIONS CONFERENCE held in Caracas

Submitted by DAVID  COMISSIONG, Chairman, Caribbean Pan-African Network (CPAN)

Dear Colleagues,

Please see the attached Declaration of the International Conference on Reparations that was held in Caracas, Venezuela between the 8th and 10th of May 2018. The background to the Conference was the historic March  2018 announcement of the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela that it was officially committing Venezuela to the pursuit of Reparations for the damage caused to the Afro-Venezuelan people as a result of the centuries of European orchestrated slavery and slave trade.

In so doing, the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela became the first Government to officially launch a campaign for Reparations since the historic Reparations claim launched by the fourteen independent nation states of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in August 2013.

The Conference was attended by scores of delegates from the Caribbean , Africa, Latin America, the United States of America, and Europe, all of whom adopted the attached Declaration.

Attendees from the Caribbean included Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Mr Jomo Thomas, Deputy Chairman of the CARICOM Reparations Commission, Dr Pedro Welch, Chairman of the Barbados government’s National Task Force on Reparations, Ms Mireille Fanon, daughter of legendary Pan Africanist freedom fighter Franz Fanon and a leading Reparations scholar and activist in her own right, and Mr Bobby Clarke veteran Pan-Africanist lawyer .

The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela– the host of the Conference– provided a solid foundation for the event with participation and inputs from the leadership of the newly established Afro-Venezuelan Commission on Reparations, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jorge Arreaza, and President Nicholas Maduro.

INTERNATIONAL MEETING ON REPARATIONS

Caracas, May 8th – 10th, 2018

DECLARATION

We, activists, scholars, government representatives and social movements, gathered in the city of Caracas, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela from 8th to 10th May, 2018, on the anniversary of the anti-slavery and humanitarian rebellion of the Maroon Jose Leonardo Chirino, which occurred in Las Macanillas, Falcon State, on May 10th, 1795, declared as the Afro-Venezuelan National Day.

Delegates from different parts of the world gathered with the aim of discussing the topic of Reparations and finding a common strategy that enables us to translate what was discussed into concrete actions and results in the short, medium and long term.

We welcome the calling of this Meeting by the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, and recognize the encouragement given by President Nicolas Maduro Moros and the Bolivarian government to the topic of Reparations, placing it as a line of political action that shall generate a wide support from social movements, political organizations and national governments litigating reparation cases.

WHEREAS

Racism, discrimination, xenophobia and their related forms have intensified in recent times as a result of the continuity of the consequences of slavery and its many contemporary effects and impacts.

The trafficking of enslaved persons and slavery were recognized as crimes against humanity at the 3rd United Nations World Conference against Racism and its related forms, held in Durban, South Africa, in 2001.

After developing the discussion points related to legal-juridical, multilateral, political, historical, economic, social and philosophical aspects of Reparations within the framework of this meeting, we hereby declare, and commit to:

1. Joint and collective legal efforts to demand and ensure that those States that were and are legally and morally responsible for the trade in enslaved Africans (including the transatlantic slave trade) and for slavery shall make compensation for the damages and traumas caused to the African people and their descendants.

2. Form a multidisciplinary work team to channel the legal and economic / historical process of reparations as one of the priority tasks of the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent. Such work team must include Governments of progressive countries, the CARICOM Reparations Commission, research centers specializing in the topic of reparations, universities, the United Nations (UN), as well as social and community-based organizations committed to achieving reparations.

3. Create a Venezuelan Research Center specialized in Reparation Processes in relation to Slavery and to Contemporary Struggles in Africa, Our America and Europe against the dispossession of lands, rivers, religious spaces and new forms of neocolonization, articulated to others parts of the world with similar characteristics.

4. Establish alliances based on the topic of reparations with the Thabo Mbeki Foundation of South Africa and others, as a strategic mechanism for the exchange of experiences, training and promotion of the reparation topic on the African continent, in Our America and in the Caribbean.

5. Establish a “modus operandi” as a result of which our reparations movements and campaigns will ensure that the roles and positions that are undertaken will be shared equally between women and men.

6. Promote a United Nations (UN) high level meeting on Reparations and develop a continuing strategy which allows us to make the issue a priority in different multilateral forums.

7. Make the topic of Reparations a priority in multilateral spaces such as CARICOM, ALBA, the African Union, the Non-Aligned Movement, GRULAC, the United Nations, and BRICS, among others; and emphasize the need to consolidate strategies and tools for the effective negotiation and the pursuit and achievement of Reparations in such spaces.

8. Include indigenous populations in this struggle. To this end, the ALBA Executive Secretariat has hereby presented a proposal allowing such articulation.

9. Implement an international campaign addressed to the peoples of the world in general and to policy makers in particular, with the aim of making the topic of Reparations a priority.

10. Promote the understanding that the entitlement to Reparations is a human, ethical and political right in order that the crimes committed in the times of the transatlantic slave trade, conquest and colonization of indigenous peoples, and slavery  be definitively punished as crimes against humanity that caused social and economic inequality among our peoples.

11. Pursue the topic of reparations as a fair demand based on justice, respect and dignity, and not on confrontation.

12. Encourage social movements, and relevant civil society organizations such as the trade unions, to ally themselves with States and other institutions and organizations with the aim of fostering the historical claim processes of Afro-descendants in pursuit of their legitimate rights.

13. Recommend that the States of Our America and of the Caribbean extend official recognition to Afro-descendants and to their entitlement to their legitimate rights in the Constitutions of our States, and also give legislative commitments to  implement the International Decade for the People of African Descent as decreed by the United Nations.

14. Recognize and acknowledge the strong and firm support given by the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the establishment of the Legal Multidisciplinary Team which shall be responsible for addressing the reparation cases.

We, the participants of the International Meeting on Reparations, approve this Declaration on May 10th, 2018, in the city of Caracas, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

223 years after the pro-independence movement by Jose Leonardo Chirino, the Afro-Venezuelan Day!

Caracas, May 2018

93 comments

  • Piece….Sharpton is in the mix and knows all the recent reactions of calling police on black people in the US is a definite sign of their control over white supremacy slipping away, he knows them very well, in US, it is being dealt with, the perpetrators of white racism exposed, losing their jobs, businesses and homes, being brought to their knees..etc…. in UK, not so much.

    It will take a plague to weaken racism and white supremacy in UK and Europe, which is quite possible, it has happened before and culled millions across Europe….although the government is pretending to do something about the far right hate groups, even going so far as to lock up the most rabid and criminal members of those groups and label them terrorists……

    …but that is not enough, the problem goes deeper, it’s the established racism and false sense of superiority that stinks up the whole establishment from buckingham palace back down, that has been embedded in the society for over 500 years, that is the toxic pit right there…a bigger challenge to dismantle and destroy.

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  • In the meantime, it’s Barbados and other Caribbean governments need to dismantle and destroy the nasty toxic shit that is racism that they all allow a very tiny minority of white and other criminals to practice on the majority black populations..

    ..I won’t worry about US, UK, or Canada, they are white majority countries and will fall in line eventually when enough pressure is applied through human rights organizations…they know how to adapt when it is in their best interests, they never miss a beat..

    It is in the Caribbean that racism, segregation/apartheid and white supremacy should never be practiced but is allowed by black governments, kept alive by the same governments now pretending they are representing the same black victims of racism to get reparations for the Atlantic slave trade perpetrated against their ancestors..

    And it is well known that black governments mislead their own black people deliberately and never like to adapt to positive changes that will benefit the people, so I think the focus should be on these black governments who are unfocused and all over the place,

    ..the more I post about that the more stupid they all look..lol

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  • Piece..besides, they all knew Harry was a wild card and it is better to appease him as opposed to pissing him off, he is the only real one among that gang of fakes and frauds so far…..I would love nothing more than to get into his head for a few hours, just to confirm.

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  • A powerful speech made the old beast squirm..

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  • WW and sharpton are right, the world is changing shown by the closeness of this royal couple and their little exchanges. lip readers watching Harry during the ceremony think what he said was gimma some of dat.

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    There is no doubt about it, the nest of the beasts has been turned on its criminal head….the UK can feel the changes that are in store….they have had a very, very long run, over 500 years is no joke.

    .https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/harry-meghan-royal-wedding-windsor-queen-prince-philip-william-kate-a8359566.html

    “In the words of one of the ecstatic crowd of 50,000 “fans” around Windsor Castle, Britain has its “first royal of colour”. More than that, Meghan has the making of becoming a truly stellar figure and the last component of the “Fab Four” to be cemented into place. We will be hearing even more about the Sussexes and the Cambridges from now on, with Harry and Meghan on a special mission to make the Commonwealth a bit more relevant and cool. Depending on where you stand on the question of the monarchy, that is the either very bad or very good news.”

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  • WW lets not go crazy now he didnt marry Rihanna

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Lawson…he didn’t marry Rihanna, but he did marry someone one even more in tune with what he obviously thinks should be a more diverse set up than what obtains now, particularly since the beast has no more than 10 years tops to continue haunting the country and the world, until it’s forced off the earth….permanently.

    Meghan bucks the fraud monarchy every opportunity she gets and all the fakeness that is its reality, even before yesterday.

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  • Sure she does, wearing queen mary’s tiarra, lol and your right again she will be bucking the monarchy ….its their wedding night

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Lawson…were you given a free tiara stolen from who knows who…you would wear it too…no matter how many of us called you an old queen…or a beast….no matter the insults ya, will be all over Toronto preening like a real old queen, something like how Elton John looks now..lol

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    At this time, decolonizing the minds of Black Caribbean people is much more important than anything else, Barbados’ population is in a particularly bad state since the same apartheid model used to destroy the minds of the black majority in South Africa, was copied and used in Barbados and is still in existence today, still managing to destroy the minds of blacks.

    Apartheid and segregation was destructive fir centuties to black Siuth Africans and it is still destructive today to Caribbean people..get all racists out of the Caribbean, chase them all out..

    ‘Decolonize the Mind’: Black South Africans Are Figuring Out How to Heal From the Mental Damage of Apartheid

    Chika Oduah
    Yesterday 9:45amFiled to: DECOLONIZE THE MIND
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    Students cheer as the Cecil Rhodes statue is being removed from the University of Cape Town on April 9, 2015, in South Africa.

    Photo: Charlie Shoemaker (Getty Images)
    Black South Africans have been fighting for their right to live with dignity since before the time of King Shaka Zulu.

    Millions are still trying to heal from the brutality of an institutionally racist system that placed them in the lowest social status—below the “coloreds,” who were below white people.

    Now black South Africans have been hit with a revelation that has compelled some to fight even harder to throw off the cloak of race-based oppression.

    Last month a documentary about the life of the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was broadcast in South Africa. The film, called Winnie, is uncomfortable to watch because of the truths it reveals. One of the most chilling moments of the film is when a white South African former intelligence agent named Vic McPherson admits during a sit-down interview that the government had embarked on psychological warfare against black people.

    “It was 1989, I was still with the intelligence section and President P.W. Botha said we must come up with a psychological warfare strategy against the enemy. Everything was coordinated between the Defense Force, National Intelligence and Foreign Affairs. It was called covert strategic communication—Stratcom,” McPherson said in the documentary.

    The “enemy” that McPherson referred to was clear—anti-apartheid activists, especially the more left-winged ones like Madikizela-Mandela. McPherson revealed just how far the white-minority-led South African government went to maintain institutionalized racism.

    They went “psychological.” They went into the minds of black people.

    Part of the government’s plan included using a network of 40 journalists to publish negative reports about Madikizela-Mandela in major news outlets and dividing the allegiances of black people to their black leaders, sparking deadly divisions within the black community.

    This high-level confession confirms suspicions that many black South Africans already had. And it has sparked a national conversation that can be followed right now on South Africa’s social media spaces with the hashtags #WinnieDoccie and #IAmWinnie, which feature posts of black women wearing all black, in colorful head wraps and punching their fists in the air in a Black Power salute.

    The film’s revelations have led to discussions about what it would take for the minds of black South Africans to truly be healed from whatever mental damage apartheid did.

    “The apartheid project was a project that made white supremacy so much part of where you lived, where you went to school, what kind of work you were allowed to do, what kind … of education you had, whether you had access to health care, if you had a house, what kind of education your children could reach and who you thought you were in the world, whether you thought you were worthwhile or not,” white South African scholar Emma Arogundade told The Root. “So it was a project that happened on a physical scale but also on a very spiritual and psychological scale and was enacted with a lot of violence.”

    Students, scholars and community organizers are rising up to defy a status quo in the educational system that maintains remnants of institutional racism. Activists in South Africa are using the phrase “decolonize the mind” more frequently, inspired by the celebrated Kenyan writer Ngugi wa Thiong’o, whose 1986 essay, “Decolonising the Mind,” sparked a deeper advocacy for promoting African languages in literature and political spaces. The Decolonize the Mind campaign was the center of talks at a public event held in April in Cape Town.”

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  • Well Well & Cut N’ Paste At Your Service May 20, 2018 10:09 AM

    “Apartheid and segregation was destructive fir centuties to black Siuth Africans and it is still destructive today to Caribbean people..get all racists out of the Caribbean, chase them all out..
    ‘Decolonize the Mind’: Black South Africans Are Figuring Out How to Heal From the Mental Damage of Apartheid”

    As usual leftist accuse others of what they themselves are guilty of.

    WC you want no part of Apartheid but is advocating the chasing out the racist from the Caribbean. In your mind Apartheid is bad but still you want to Separate Blacks from Whites and from your previous post you have accused all other Races in Barbados as being Racist.

    Exactly what are you advocating? It seems clearly that you are advocating an extreme form of Apartheid and have pronounced it good. Your mind is so confused that you cannot see that there is good and bad in all races. To give an example of a country that records statistics they are more black on black crimes in America than any other race crime. There are more Muslim killing Muslims of the same race wherever they are. They are still Tribal Conflicts in Africa and they are separated by Tribe. So explain to me again exactly what you mean by Apartheid.

    I believe in the Constitution of Barbados that gives me the right to associate with who I want and not by some Autocrat like you telling me who I am allowed to associate with based on your Criteria. Your world is a dismal world, full of dictates from you having no conception of what real Freedom is.

    WC you have advocated moving away Apartheid as you say presently exist and in its place institute a more virulent form of Apartheid.

    I have once read of an Anti- Apartheid Activist who fled South Africa for New York and was in the company of many white people and was berated for being with so many whites and he told them I did not flee Apartheid to practice Voluntary Apartheid.

    WC you Shout as it were Righteous but Spew Hatred Careful the Master You Serve.

    No wonder it is written, “Judge Not Least Ye Be Judged”.

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  • LOL WW why do think so little of your brethren, that you are so smart and they are so stupid, isn’t that the mentality that caused clitory to lose. Wake up…. people make decisions that are best for them and their circumstance and if it doesn’t align with your ideas it does not make them stupid it makes them practical. Your are right about harry marrying outside his race but how the hell do you expect us to take africa over again if we don;t have someone on the inside.

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Lawson…never said I was smarter than anyone…let’s just say my mind is much less colonized, read programmed, than the average Black person who still suffers that terrible debilitating fate today….it makes them more unaware victims than actually stupid..

    Stupid …are their leaders and other politicians who never figured it out in 52 years and even if they did…are still too stupid to reverse and decolonize the black minds, since their own minds are still stuck in house negro mode.

    Harry did not marry outside his race, there is no marrying outside the human race…ya old drag queen racist…besides, he married into his own bloodline, the Markle bloodline, at least many generations removed, over 10 generations I think.

    Yall are going to be beheaded in Africa….so be my guest….ah would even buy yall tickets to Africa.

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  • Well past time for apartheid and racism which is still being used by criminal states like Is(not)Raell…to be dismantled permanently, way past time for the UN and International Criminal Court to step in and enforce human rights and punish those clear 60 year old violations.

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  • The Origins of Arab Settlers in the Land of Israel
    Rotem Nimkovsky | 16/05/2018

    What’s in a name? In the case of the Arabs, it tells you what their tribe and country of origin are. It also dispels the biggest fallacy the “Palestinians” would like you to believe.

    The Arabs mark May the 15th as a day of remembrance for the catastrophe, the “Nakba” in Arabic, that befell them with the creation of the State of Israel. They claim the “indigenous” Arab inhabitants had to flee their “homeland” as a result. They conveniently fail to mention the reason for the “catastrophe” and where these supposed indigenous Arab inhabitants actually came from and when.

    UN General Assembly resolution 181 of 1947 called for the partition of the British Mandate in Palestine into separate Jewish and Arab entities. The Jewish leadership accepted the resolution. The Arabs countries rejected it, which is their right. What they had no right to, was to declare war on the Jewish population in the area.

    The armies of seven Arab countries set out to destroy the Jewish state, which they outnumbered a hundred to one. They also persecuted the Jewish citizens who lived in their own countries for hundreds of years, forcing them to leave and take refuge in the newly created State of Israel.

    The Arab nations, together with the Arab population in the British Mandate area, sought to annihilate the Jews in the region and failed. The only catastrophe for them in this scenario was that they lost the war.

    READ MORE@

    http://en.mida.org.il/2018/05/16/origins-arab-settlers-land-israel-2/

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  • The incredible Anne Bayefsky speaking about the UN when it comes to their treatment of Israel! Watch her present at The Oxford Union.

    Is anyone in the UN listening?

    Every Western country must stand with Israel against radical Islamic terrorism.
    The Israeli people face the frightening escalation of Islamic terror acts through Israel.

    The world is silent when Palestinians inflict pain and death upon Israel but screams when Israel protects itself.

    Britain, the US and Australia should stop funding the UN.

    The U.N. General Assembly elected Qatar, Congo and Pakistan to its top human rights body, joining existing members such as Saudi Arabia, China, Cuba and Venezuela.

    Countries that practice Sharia laws have been chosen to be human rights watchdogs.
    Even a country like Iran has been given a seat in the UN Human Rights Council.

    Iran Where women are stoned to death, where gays are executed in a public square.
    Christians are brutally persecuted in the Islamic Republic of Iran.
    Pastors are jailed for no reason, no reason other than for being Christian leaders. Christians have been lashed for sipping wine during prayer services; Christians have been brutally tortured for doing nothing more than practicing their faith.

    Saudi Arabia is the head of the Human Rights Council, a country where there are no Christian citizens, even Christian migrant workers are persecuted by the authorities if they practice their religion.

    No religion is allowed to exist in Saudi Arabia except Islam, anyone who leaves Islam is executed.

    Pakistan is the worst country for Christians to live in.
    Under sharia blasphemy law Muslims murder Christians on false charges of insulting the Prophet Muhammad and the Koran.

    These countries are kidnapping the UN bodies to push the anti-Israel and anti-Western agenda.

    They use the United Nations to attack Israel which is the only democratic state in the Middle East where Christians are free and women are not considered citizens in rank.

    In the last two years Benjamin Netanyahu cut 90% of Israeli aid to the UN after U.N.’s Cultural Agency passed a resolution denying the Jewish and Christian connection to Jerusalem.

    Western countries should follow Israel – Cut all funding & Announce Withdrawal From U.N.

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  • Hamas Minister of the Interior and of National Security Fathi Hammad admits Arab forgery right on Al-Hekma TV (Egypt) on March 23, 2012.

    Have the Arab in Israel (so called “palestinians”) managed to fool you to believe they are Natives in the land of Israel ? And why they are so intimidated by History and facts ?

    In a temper tantrum he could not keep his mouth shut but had to blurt out the truth: that the “Palestinian” people are a fabrication, an invention. There never existed a state called Palestine or a people called Palestinian. And there never existed an invasion of Palestinian land over a territory that belonged to the jews over 1,000 years before Mohammed was even born.

    The Palestine-Israeli conflict is about hate. Jew hate. In fact, it’s about 1,400 years of antisemitism created by the Arabs. The Muslim faith demands that Muslims must hate jews and must dedicate themselves to kill jews. This deliberate effort to ethnic cleansing of the jews by propaganda and lies have even been spread to the West by Arab money, and deliberate Arab propaganda put into our schools and media signed via the Cairo declaration that allowed Arabs to create a “positive impression” of Palestine to the West.

    Prior from this we were free from this propaganda. The Arabs who now claim to be natives of the Holy Land have migrated to Palestine and invaded the land after 1917, from neighboring Arab countries, predominantly from areas now known as Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq.

    Where was this “Palestinian people”? In March 1977, Zahir Muhsein, an executive member of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), said in an interview to the Dutch newspaper Trouw: “The ‘Palestinian people’ does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel.”

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