Q. From whom are we asking for Reparations?
A: All those countries and peoples who we can prove unjustly
benefited from carrying on slavery and other forms of unjust
exploitation will be asked to make Reparations to those who
Q. Have we got any authentic evidence on which we can
base that claim?
A: There exists evidence in writing, letters, bills of sale,
in some cases details such as the names of slave ships, buyers
and sellers. There is of course the existence of artifacts
taken away from the colonies now in the metropolitan countries
and other bits of evidence from which the claims can be made
out. But we are also working on further substantiating these
claims. And there is still a lot of work to be done.
Q. Is there any precedent?
A: There is a list of precedents to this type of claim. Let
us mention a few: The State of Israel receives millions every
year from Germany as Reparations for the suffering of Jews
under the Nazi oppression during the holocaust. The Koreans
received Reparations from the Japanese for the cruelties perpetrated
upon them. There is in fact still a claim outstanding with
regard to Korea's "Comfort Women". The Indians received
compensation from the United States. And Iraq was ordered
to pay Reparation to Kuwait, the richest country on earth,
for damages. There are others.
Q. Are we asking for money?
A: This claim goes far beyond a request for payment in monetary
terms. We cannot evaluate the price of hundreds of thousands
of lives and even more for human dehumanization, shame and
suffering. We are asking for an acknowledgement by those enriched
from slavery and colonialism of their guilt in this respect,
a confession of their complicity, an
apology, and the natural consequences of all these include
page 1 - page
2 - page 3 - page
4 - page 5