Magazine article New Internationalist

Slavery Haunts Elizabeth II

Magazine article New Internationalist

Slavery Haunts Elizabeth II

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The movement for reparations from countries engaged in the African slave trade is building up a head of steam. Last October more than 500 delegates meeting in Barbados created the Pan African Movement, which voted to launch lawsuits this year against former slave-trading nations including Britain, Germany, Belgium and France.

The Rastafari Brethren of Jamaica, through the office of Public Defender Howard Hamilton, sent Queen Elizabeth II a letter requesting reparations for slavery and repatriation to Africa.

The response received back in January 2003 from the British High Commission was negative. `We regret and condemn the inequities of the historic slave trade. But these shameful activities belong to the past. Governments today cannot take responsibility for what happened over 150 years ago,' the High Commission said. …

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