To mark this year’s International Day for People of African Descent, a global coalition of diplomats, scholars, activists, artists and civil society organizations today released “The Declaration of Accra on Reparations and Racial Healing”, a groundbreaking document to chart a new course for the reparations movement.
The Declaration is the outcome of an international meeting focused on reparations and healing held earlier this month in Accra, Ghana, and delivered by the President of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo . Academics, activists, journalists and human rights activists like Dr Julius Garvey, Nikole Hannah-Jones, Dr Hilary Beckles and economist Darrick Hamilton were among the attendees.
“The effects of the slave trade were devastating on the African continent and on the African Diaspora, with the entire period of slavery stifling Africa’s economic, cultural and psychological progress,” President Akuffo-Addo said while promoting the importance of the Declaration.
Building on the Abuja Proclamation of 1993 and the Durban Declaration and Program of Action of 2001, the Accra Declaration highlights the legacy of the transatlantic slave trade, colonialism and prejudices persistent. It calls on the United Nations Permanent Forum on People of African Descent to convene a global summit of former colonial powers on the issue of reparations, calls for the development of prosperous economies through the reform of global systems and structures and the return stolen artifacts.
It also calls on the United Nations to extend the United Nations Decade for People of African Descent and for a process of acknowledgment and healing of the roles that Europe and Africans played in the transatlantic slave trade.
“We are currently experiencing an unprecedented momentum in our work around the world,” said the chair of the CARICOM Reparations Commission.
Dr. Sir Hilary Beckles. “The fact that people from the Caribbean, from Europe, from South America, from North America have come together and that a sitting head of state is making such a bold statement on reparations shows the appeal and growing importance.”
“This will be essential for the relationships that are forged and will help strengthen our efforts to facilitate both empowerment and healing around the world,” said Dr. Enola Aird, founder of the Community Healing Network.
“The reparations movement is only growing and we recognize the work that has been done for so long,” said Dr. Ron Daniels, co-chair of the Global Circle for Reparations and Healing.
“Our responsibility is to do everything we can to take this statement forward as a guide for the progress of our work.”
Global Circle members will participate in a series of events
commemorating the International Day for People of African Descent.
Below is the Accra Declaration: