Delegates at a reparations summit in Ghana agreed on Thursday to establish a global reparations fund to boost efforts to secure overdue reparations for the millions of Africans enslaved in the transatlantic slave trade centuries ago.
The Accra Reparations Conference furthered the growing demand for reparations after some 12 million Africans were forcibly taken by European nations between the 16th and 19th centuries and held in slavery on plantations, amassing wealth at the cost of suffering.
Centuries after the end of the slave trade, people of African descent around the world continue to be “victims of systematic racial discrimination and racialized attacks,” concludes a recently released report by a special forum of the United Nations, which supports reparations as “a cornerstone of justice in the world.”” . 21st century.”
Addressing the conference, Ghana’s President Nana Addo Akufo-Addo said, “The freedom of Africa’s sons and daughters was controlled and sold into slavery, and it is time for Africa to be compensated.” Diaspora community.
Akufo-Addo said slave reparations had become an issue that the world “must face and can no longer ignore.” He noted that Britain and other European countries got rich and wealthy in the slave trade, while “the enslaved Africans themselves did not get a penny.”
Delegates at the Accra conference did not reveal how this reparations fund would work. But Gnaka Lagok, an assistant professor of history and pan-African studies, said it should be used to “rectify the problems facing the continent in all economic areas.”
Ambassador Amreu Aljowali, Strategic Adviser to the Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission, who read the resolution titled Accra Communiqué, said the reparations were based on the “moral and legal rights and dignity of the people.”
Aljowaily said “the Special Envoy will be involved in sensitization activities as well as litigation and judicial work”, in addition to the Global Fund for Reparations supported by a Committee of Experts set up by the AU Commission in collaboration with African countries.
Reparations should not be limited to direct financial payments, but should also include development aid to countries, the return of colonial resources, and systematic reparations for oppressive policies and laws, activists said.
Nkechi Tefa, director of the Reparations Education Project in the United States, said the amount of reparations needed would be determined through a “negotiated settlement” that would benefit the population.