Children on a slave ship
Slavery and the slave trade, including the transatlantic slave trade, were appalling tragedies in the history of humanity not only because of their abhorrent barbarism but also in terms of their magnitude, organized nature and especially their negation of the essence of the victims.
Slavery and the slave trade are a crime against humanity and should always have been so, especially the transatlantic slave trade and are among the major sources and manifestations of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, and that Africans and people of African descent, Asians and people of Asian descent and indigenous people were victims of these acts and continue to be victims of their consequences.
Durban recognized that colonialism led to racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, and that Africans and people of African descent, and people of Asian descent and indigenous peoples were victims of colonialism and continue to be victims of its consequences.
The effects and persistence of slavery and colonialism — its structures and practices — have been among the factors contributing to lasting social and economic inequalities in many parts of the world today.
The Reparations movement, now gathering momentum across the world, is an initiave to taken the initiative to redress the horrendous crimes of racism, racial discrimination and xenophobia among people, communities, cultures and nations. The movement aims to facilitate those who are responsible for such crimes to make amends and redress grievances. The movement involves seeking paid reparation where appropriate, for grave and massive violations committed.
With a view to closing those apalling chapters in History and as a means of reconciliation and healing, the reparations movement aims to honour the memory of the victims of these tragedies. Some have taken the initiative of regretting or expressing remorse or presenting apologies. BLINK calls on all those who have not yet contributed to restoring the dignity of the victims to find appropriate ways to do so and, to this end, we appreciate those countries that have done so.