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Sir Hilary Beckles calls for Reparatory Justice for Global Black Enslavement

Sir Hilary Beckles, vice chancellor, University of the West Indies, Jamaica and chairman of the Caribbean Community Commission on Reparation and Social Justice has been at the forefront of an international legal effort for reparations from European slave-trading nations. He is a prolific scholar, a committed activist for social justice, and among the most distinguished public intellectuals in the Caribbean.
MASSACHUSETTS, United States, Friday February 25, 2016 – As he continues to make a push for reparations for Caribbean nations, Chairman of the CARICOM Reparations Commission Sir Hilary Beckles is insisting that as uncomfortable as it may be for some, it’s time to face the past head on.

He was delivering a keynote address at the Harvard Law School on reparatory justice earlier this week when he insisted that the calls for reparations for the slave trade were not about retribution and anger, but about atonement and “building bridges across lines of moral justice”.

Sir Hilary, who is also Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI), called on Western leaders to atone for their countries’ wrongdoing by investing in housing, education, health care, social justice, and infrastructure development in the Caribbean.

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