Guyana’s President Irfaan Ali on Sunday - African Emancipation Day - pledged the country’s commitment to work with the rest of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to continue pressing for compensation and other forms of justice for African enslavement
“Guyana will continue to support the efforts being made within the Caribbean Community to press for the convening of an international summit to demand reparative justice for the victims of the transatlantic slave trade, African enslavement, and its enduring effects,” he said.
United Kingdom experts had in the past had said that their country had been wary of the legal implications of granting reparations, but would instead prefer to continue financing social and economic developmental projects in its former colonies.
Ali called for “a full and unconditional apology” from those responsible and who benefitted from the transatlantic slave trade.
His mainly Indo-Guyanese backed People’s Progressive Party Civic administration has often been accused of discrimination by African-Guyanese interest groups and the opposition party.
Ali credited African-Guyanese for historically laying the groundwork for Guyana’s economy and their contributions today in a vast array of sectors and national life.
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