Caribbean Nations Sue Former Colonizers for Slave Trade

14 Caribbean nations adopt a plan to seek reparations from former colonizers for the lingering effects of the slave trade.

Leaders of Caribbean nations have unanimously agreed on a broad plan to seek reparations from Britain, France and the Netherlands for the ill effects that are still lingering in the nations.

Leigh Day, a law firm who earned $21.5 million for Kenyans who were tortured by the British colonial government during the Mau Mau rebellion in the 50s and 60s, has taken on the case for the nations.

According to Leigh Day, the Caribbean Community wants reparation payments to “repair the persisting ‘psychological trauma’ from the days of plantation slavery and calls for assistance to boost the regions’ technological know-how” since these nations were denied European industrialization and were forced to continue producing and exporting raw materials.

The plan also calls for assistance with public health, educational and cultural institutions.

Martyn Day, of the law firm, says the plan is a “fair set of demands on the governments whose countries grew rich at the expense of those regions whose human wealth was stolen from them.”

The Caribbean Reparations Commission said Monday that far more needed to be done for the descendants of slaves on struggling islands, saying it sees the “persistent racial victimization of the descendants of slavery and genocide as the root cause of their suffering today.”

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