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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.

Latest items in this section:
French 'Reparation' for Algerians

France is to compensate thousands of Algerian veterans who fought against their countrymen to preserve French colonial rule in Algeria.
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Posted: Monday, December 10, 2007


I want to talk about slavery because…

These are extracts from a live one-hour discussion between students from Archbishop Blanch School in Liverpool and Simba African Caribbean Youth Project in London. A Slavery Remembrance Day project partnership Involving Merseyside Maritime Museum, Greenwich Maritime Museum and Anti Slavery International
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Posted: Tuesday, August 15, 2006


Remember the truth of slavery but do not remain stuck in the past

As Liverpool held its seventh annual Slavery Remembrance Day commemorations one expert warned that while we must never forget the horrors endured by our African ancestors, black people must be agents in their own healing.
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Posted: Thursday, August 25, 2005


Remembering the lives of African slaves

The lives of the millions of Africans who were enslaved in the transatlantic slave trade, and their fight for liberation is being commemorated in Liverpool to mark Slavery Remembrance Day.
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Posted: Tuesday, August 23, 2005


£7.5 Trillion – the price of equity?

“I believe African slaves were ripped off by the British Empire,” says Dr Robert Beckford at the outset of the hour long Channel 4 documentary transmitted at 8pm last night.
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Posted: Tuesday, August 16, 2005


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