The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) bid for an apology and compensation from the United Kingdom, France and the Netherlands for the transatlantic slave trade. On Friday (Apr. 1), Cuba pledged their support with an official statement.
“We support the just demand for compensation hoisted by the Member States of the Caribbean Community,” said Cuban ambassador Ana Silvia Rodriguez, according to Telesur TV. “People from the third world still feeling the effects of the inhuman exploitation of people in their homelands and these peoples clearly deserve compensation for the horrendous crimes committed against their ancestors.”
CARICOM, made up of 15 states as members, is demanding reparations for the dire effects slavery had on the Caribbean, its natives and their homelands. British Prime Minister Cameron, the first British prime minister to visit Jamaica in the last 14 years, offered only his two cents.
“Slavery was and is abhorrent in all its forms. It has no place whatsoever in any civilized society, and Britain is proud to have led the way in its abolition.”
In late February, Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart (chairman of the CARICOM Sub-Committee on Reparations) sent a letter to the British Foreign Office for London to formally acknowledge the region’s demands for payment due to the transatlantic slave trade.
CARICOM has since given the British office two years to respond to its call, but are prepared to bring its charge to the International Court of Justice in the Netherlands, should they fail to respond.