Saturday, September 28, 2013

European Countries Sued for Slavery Reparations

Saint Vincent and Grenadines' Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves

(New York City)
Fourteen Caribbean nations are suing the governments of the United Kingdom, France and the Netherlands for reparations over what the plaintiffs say is the lingering legacy of the Atlantic slave trade.

In a speech Friday at United Nations General Assembly, Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Ralph Gonsalves said the European nations must pay for their deeds.

“The awful legacy of these crimes against humanity – a legacy which exists today in our Caribbean – ought to be repaired for the developmental benefit of our Caribbean societies and all our peoples,” Gonsalves said. “The European nations must partner in a focused, especial way with us to execute this repairing.”

The lawsuits – which are likely to amount to a lengthy battle – are being brought by The Caribbean Community, or Caricom, a regional organization that focuses mostly on issues such as economic integration. They will be brought to the U.N.'s International Court of Justice, based in The Hague in the Netherlands.

1 comment:

Doom said...

They have picked easy targets. I don't think, if they use the E.U. bureaucracy as the blunt tool it is, that they can lose. The only way they can actually lose is if the E.U. changes procedures and shortcuts the thing, out of economic fear. That would just be the first of many such suits, from many nations and groups of nations, if it is allowed to go forward and is seen as having a chance.

Personally, I hope these suits bankrupt the E.U. Couldn't happen to a better politically correct corruptocracy. But, as with Milosevic, it knows when it is threatened and will cheat and murder, as per Stalin and Hitler who are it's fathers.


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