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An historical vote at the European Parliament

Restitution and Reparation :
An historical vote at the European Parliament!

The State of the African Diaspora is pleased to announce the vote of a Resolution in the  European Parliament that includes a Call for restitution and reparation.

 Louis-Georges Tin, Prime Minister of The State of the African Diaspora has worked with the ″CRAN″ (Conseil Représentatif des Associations Noires de France) and ″ENAR” (European Network Against Racism) to make this happen. He has started a campaign on slavery and colonisation that has attained several achievements in terms of restitution and reparation in France, Belgium and now in the EU Parliament.

 The text adopted by a large majority of the Members of the European Parliament states…

7.    Recalls that some Member States have taken steps toward meaningful and effective redress for past injustices and crimes against humanity – bearing in mind their lasting impacts in the present – against People of African Descent;

 8.      Calls on EU institution and the rest of Member States to follow this example which may include some form of reparations such as offering public apologies and the restitution of stolen artefacts to countries of origin.”

””Crimes against humanity”, ”redress”, ”restitution”, ”reparation” – these are the words we have been campaigning for, and after all these lobbying efforts, I am pleased that they are in this text”, said Louis-Georges Tin.

 ”For the first time ever, the European Union takes a clear position for reparation and restitution. It is historical and it is a strong signal to all the countries of Europe, and also to other countries like the USA, Brazil, Colombia and even the countries of the CARICOM, where the debate is still continuing”, added the Prime Minister.

The State of the African Diaspora, has a strong agenda for Reparation and calls state leaders and defenders of human rights to take action to ensure these recommendations are implemented as soon as possible : restitution of colonial treasures; museums; scholarships for students of African Descent; amending school curricula and textbooks; foundations for the memory of slavery and colonisation; agrarian reforms; fundings for movies on slavery and colonisation; cancelling of debts for African countries; real policies for development (and no more neo-colonialist efforts through western companies); climate justice and reparation and support for repatriation for the diaspora – are only a few examples of what can be done for global justice.

March 26, 2019