[Blackstudies-l] The UWI establishes Center for Reparations Research

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ivetteromero posted: " The University of the West Indies (The UWI) has
established a Center for Reparations Research. Approved by the University’s
Finance and General Purpose Committee earlier this year, it will be
formally launched on October 10, 2017 at The UWI Regional Hea"
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*The University of the West Indies (The UWI) has established a Center for
Reparations Research. Approved by the University’s Finance and General
Purpose Committee earlier this year, it will be formally launched on
October 10, 2017 at The UWI Regional Headquarters in Jamaica. The Center’s
first major event will be a one-day Reparations Symposium on October 11,
2017.*

The Centre, which will be led by Professor Verene Shepherd, former Director
of the Institute for Gender and Development Studies, co-Chair of the
National Council on Reparation (Jamaica) and one of the three Vice Chairs
of the CARICOM Reparations Commission, is based on a mandate of the 34th
meeting of the CARICOM Heads of Government in 2013. At that meeting, the
Heads of Government also agreed to create a CARICOM Reparations Commission
along with national committees for reparations in each CARICOM member
country. To date, there are 12 national reparations committees all of which
have been engaged in a range of activities designed to build public
awareness on the issue of reparatory justice. The UWI Vice-Chancellor,
Professor Sir Hilary Beckles is Chair of the Commission.

The Centre for Reparations Research at The UWI will lead the implementation
of CARICOM’s Reparatory Justice Programme
<http://www.caricom.org/caricom-ten-point-plan-for-reparatory-justice/>,
which broadly seeks to foster public awareness around the lasting and
adverse consequences of European invasion of indigenous peoples’ lands,
African enslavement and colonialism in the Caribbean; and offer practical
solutions towards halting and reversing the legacies of such acts. These
objectives stem from an understanding that many of the injustices and
adverse effects of native genocide, African enslavement and colonialism in
the region did not end with formal emancipation and independence and still
need to be addressed and repaired.

More specifically, the Centre will focus on achieving three strategic
goals: promoting research on the legacies of enslavement, colonialism and
native genocide in the Caribbean and on how to bring justice and positive
transformation to these legacies with a particular focus on CARICOM’s
Reparatory Justice programme; working with national and regional reparation
commissions and committees to promote education at The UWI and across
Caribbean school systems on these legacies and the need for justice and
repair; and promoting advocacy for reparatory and social justice by
building a capacity to provide consultancies to CARICOM and other relevant
institutions, raise public awareness and support activism around the
Reparatory Justice programme.

In accepting The UWI’s request to lead the new Centre, Professor Shepherd
praised the pioneers of the reparation movement, especially the Rastafari
community, and expressed the hope that all who believe in social justice
will unite around a cause that has the potential to achieve peace,
reconciliation, socio-economic development and a sustainable future for the
Caribbean.

In that respect, the Centre’s first major event will be a One-Day
Reparations Symposium, carded for October 11, 2017.

For further information on the Centre for Reparations Research, or the
upcoming Reparations Symposium, please contact Dr. Ahmed Reid at
centreforreparationresearchuwi at yahoo.com or Don Rojas at
donrojas636 at gmail.com.

[Photo above: Monument in Emancipation Park, Kingston, Jamaica.]
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