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‘It is high time reparatory justice is made priority’- UN Human Rights Commissioner

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk has said it was paramount that 'strong leadership and political will from States and the international community be galvanised to finally, comprehensively address the entrenched legacies of colonialism, enslavement and the trade in enslaved Africans.' Photo: UN
Lone Commissioner of the Commission of Inquiry Sir Gary R. Hickinbottom, a UK national, had controversially recommended direct rule of the Virgin Islands by the UK. Photo: Daily Mail
Lone Commissioner of the Commission of Inquiry Sir Gary R. Hickinbottom, a UK national, had controversially recommended direct rule of the Virgin Islands by the UK. Photo: Daily Mail
The UN Report cites examples of States and regional bodies that have acknowledged the need for reparatory justice for people of African descent, such as the CARICOM, the European Parliament and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. Photo: CARICOM
The UN Report cites examples of States and regional bodies that have acknowledged the need for reparatory justice for people of African descent, such as the CARICOM, the European Parliament and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. Photo: CARICOM
NEW YORK, USA- Even as the [British] Virgin Islands struggle against the heavy hand of colonialism by the United Kingdom (UK), UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk has said it was paramount that “strong leadership and political will from States and the international community be galvanised to finally, comprehensively address the entrenched legacies of colonialism, enslavement and the trade in enslaved Africans.”

“Reparatory justice is not just about addressing the wrongful acts of the past, it is about building societies that are truly inclusive, equal and free from racism and racial discrimination. A comprehensive approach should, therefore, address the past, present and future,” Türk said.

Mr Türk’s strong comments come on the heel of an in-depth UN report focused on reparatory justice for people of African descent, published on September 19, 2023.

‘Strong leadership & political will’ needed- Türk

The Report urges States to show strong leadership and political will in tackling the lasting consequences of enslavement, the trade in enslaved Africans and colonialism.

“It is high time reparatory justice is made a priority, to address one of the biggest injustices in human history, and one that continues to negatively impact the daily lives of people of African descent across the globe,” Türk stressed.

The report to the UN General Assembly, by the UN Secretary-General, sets out a series of concrete steps for States and the international community to address the continued harms suffered by people of African descent – highlighting the intrinsic link between the legacies of colonialism and enslavement and contemporary forms of systemic racism and racial discrimination, intolerance and xenophobia faced by people of African descent.

“It is estimated that between 25 and 30 million people were violently uprooted from Africa for enslavement. The Trans-Atlantic trade in enslaved Africans caused the largest and most concentrated deportation of human beings involving several regions of the world during more than four centuries,” the report states.

CARICOM’s fight for reparations acknowledged

The report cites examples of States and regional bodies that have acknowledged the need for reparatory justice for people of African descent, such as the CARICOM, the European Parliament and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. The report also encourages States to actively engage in the elaboration of a draft UN declaration on the promotion and full respect of the human rights of people of African descent, which could provide a global framework to address the systemic nature of racism and racial discrimination.

CARICOM, the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and the University of the West Indies (UWI) were three regional bodies that had also condemned the attempt by the United Kingdom (UK) to suspend the [British] Virgin Islands Constitution and impose direct rule, following the release of the Commission of Inquiry Report in April 2022.

These bodies have also called for the removal of the Order in Council to suspend the VI Constitution. The Order is being used as a tool by the UK to force the VI to fulfill its [UK] agenda for the VI.

The Report adds that private actors, including business enterprises, the media and educational institutions, should also consider their own links to enslavement and colonialism in their ongoing and past operations and examine possibilities for reparations.

68 Responses to “‘It is high time reparatory justice is made priority’- UN Human Rights Commissioner”

  • Amen (22/09/2023, 08:00) Like (30) Dislike (99) Reply
    Well said. No one should have the power any where in the world to suspend a country's constitution and take over their country. It is WRONG! It is UNETHICAL! It is a slap in the face of democracy. It us a modern form of slavery that should be never be condoned nor allowed.
    • @Amen (22/09/2023, 08:20) Like (29) Dislike (7) Reply
      Well said. I have been saying this all along.
      • Linda (22/09/2023, 09:59) Like (5) Dislike (11) Reply
        This smug picture of Hickenbottom sickens me to the core. The picture depicts exactly what he is, the worst of the worst colonizers. His racism oozes from his pores and we don't want him or others like him to come back here. How would he like his family to have their necks stepped on like he want for us Black people? He wouldn't want it and would scream bloody hell if it was forced on him. I really detest him and he looks so stupid in that wig, along with others who wear it here. Yes, others here who wear it look like complete IDIOTS and show the weakness of being mentally enslaved. STOP THIS WEIRDNESS, you look like a fool.
    • @Amen (22/09/2023, 10:32) Like (2) Dislike (14) Reply
      Those white racist bloggers disliking early this morning. The world is with it or leave Westerns! No more exploitation!
      • @@Amen (22/09/2023, 10:56) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
        You need help. Look in the mirror kiddo. You are the true racist. The world is changing and it’s a shame people like you aren’t.
        • @ @@amen (22/09/2023, 14:42) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
          ...and you need psychological help! If you are racist just claim it.... everyone knows is a part of your nature and that of your ancestors! Just start to make amends as this gentleman has stated!
      • To @Amen (22/09/2023, 12:45) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
        You are so correct.
    • VI Buyers Beware! (22/09/2023, 15:59) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Don't Buy the Bull!!! The UK is no country to emulate.. do you know that you must have a TV license in the UK. It is considered to be a form of hypothecated taxation. That country will tax you to Watch TV!

    • @Amen (24/09/2023, 12:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      This is what the UK want from the OT’s… our Nature Resources people! AS Africa is doing to the westerners WE NEED TO KICK THEM OUT!!!

      (The assessment results indicate that about 75 percent of the undiscovered technically recoverable conventional oil of the world, exclusive of the United States, is in four regions: South America and the Caribbean (126 bbo); sub-Saharan Africa (115 bbo); the Middle East and North Africa (111 bbo); and the Arctic provinces portion of North America (61 bbo).)
  • Youth (22/09/2023, 08:04) Like (12) Dislike (15) Reply
    While I agree with some of the COI recommendations, I could never agree with how and when the COI was done as there is no way it could be transparent like the Governor trying to brainwash us with. It seems to be a well organized prearranged action to try to bring credibility and justification for predetermined & prearranged actions on the part of the UK. This is a form of oppression and clearly shows colonialism because no one one earth has the power to condemn another.
  • vg youth (22/09/2023, 08:11) Like (9) Dislike (9) Reply
    I do not hate the UK at all but I do not support orders in council to suspend a constitution. This is high handed and not good governance nor does it reflect a modern partnership. Who suspends the UK powers when they go wrong or when corruption and crime are rampant as they are now in the UK. Don't jump on BVI because we are small. Stop this superior mentality. The days of this are over.
  • Timely (22/09/2023, 08:14) Like (5) Dislike (8) Reply
    It is clear the Commissioner of the COI was hand picked to give a specific result & preauthored report. There was no transparency in the hiring process. If BVI did this the UK would have disregarded the process and the results.
  • Clearly (22/09/2023, 08:19) Like (12) Dislike (5) Reply
    Clearly all the 48 recommendations are things the UK wantsed to implement on the BVI but want to keep their hands clean so they are forcing the local government to implement them knowing most of them will bring hardship to the people of BVI. But when the people rise up from the effects of the hardship the UK will then turn and say they did not pass nor implement them, it was your local government. While at the same time the UK passed an order in council to suspend the BVI's constitution if the local government fails to proceed how they direct so the UK can run he judiciary and the country how they please and implement the 48 recommendations and more themselves. This is dictatorship and it is wrong. If the UK know it all how come they cannot solve all their serious crimes and corruption. Who made them a god.
  • Vg man (22/09/2023, 08:23) Like (9) Dislike (8) Reply
    Just asking out loud, if the Governor represents the queen/king in the territory of each OT but in the UK the queen/king do not have any power over the running of the UK Government then why do the Governor have so much power in the OTs governments' affairs. This is clearly an old antiquated colonial system that is outdated but yet is still being forced on Caribbean people. It makes no sense.
    • To: Vg man (22/09/2023, 08:37) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
      Food for thought. This is deep.
    • Manjack (22/09/2023, 09:45) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      @VG Man, the Crown started losing total power in 1215 under King John, and in 1688 with the Glorious Revolution, yielding some power to Parliament. The UK does not have a codified constitution and though some of crown total power was devolved to parliament, it still wields tremendous power. The crown/monarchy is still a revered institution in the UK; it and the £ are iconic symbols. Moreover, no bill passed in Parliament can become law unless it is assented to by the Crown/monarch. However, the last time the crown didn’t assent to a bill passed by Parliament was inn1708 under Queen Anne, ie, the Scottish Militia Bill. The UK-appointed governor in the BVI is the de facto head of state( King Charles III is the de jure head of state) and has assent power, reserved powers, etc. The assent power is abused. In 1494, 1529, and 1884 the Big European countries conspired among themselves and divided up the Americas and Africa. So few, if any, of the Big countries are going to criticize and push back hard against another for its colonialism/imperialism practices.
      • @Manjack (22/09/2023, 15:00) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        @Manjack, mehson, you know a bit history, bringing the receipts to issues. 1215, 1688?
        • Manjack (22/09/2023, 15:49) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
          1688: The Glorious or bloodless Revolution brought down the rule of King James II who was replaced Mary and her husband William of Orange and led to the change of an English nation that limited the power of the king and provided protections for English subjects.

          1215: King John sign the Magna Carta in June 1215. It put into writing the principle that the King and his government was not above the law, protecting rights of the common man, fair trial with a jury, etc.
  • Speaking truth to power (22/09/2023, 08:29) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    If the citizenry finds itself discontented, they should indeed exercise their right to vote and effect change. Yet the presumption that the British carry some innate superiority in intellect or administration smacks of a lingering colonial condescension. While a nascent nation must remain humble and receptive to lessons from older states, I maintain that it is preferable for a nation to learn—even at the risk of occasional failures—than to be subjugated by foreign rule. After all, would not these very nations, in a reversal of roles, ardently resist foreign governance of their own lands?
  • reality (22/09/2023, 08:36) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    The UK Officials have always viewed & think of Caribbean OT people as inferior and them as superior. It is embedded in their DNA. They honestly think all we can do is thief, run drugs and be corrupt. So they continual try to portray us in this manner although only less than 5% of our population may be involved in such which exist in every country including theirs at a much higher percentage. This narrative allows the people of the OT to lose trust in their leaders and themselves. This is by design and we fall for it every time. We then see ourselves as inferior due to the UK's well organized old slavery tactics. The UK will never promote the positive side of any OT because it does not support their agenda and narrative. This will NEVER change. This is colonialism and it must be eliminated forthwith.
  • For the doubters (22/09/2023, 08:47) Like (7) Dislike (4) Reply
    Let us take a look at a few things and then it should be clear the UK does not and will not ever have the Caribbean OT people's best interest at heart although they will try to promote such.
    1) Does anyone know a clear path of how anyone from the OT can become a Governor? NO
    2) Can anyone from the Caribbean OT become a Governor and if so how?
    3) The UK likes to say if the OTs want independence then all they have to do is ask for it. Can anyone tell me where you can locate the steps and procedures where an OT can apply and follow in order to request for independence? The answer is NO.
    4) Where ever the UK goes what are some of the things they do to all OTs....push corruption and serious crime as their narrative. This is intentional as it play with the minds of the citizens and put them to always have absolutely no trust in their leaders and themselves. This mind game is what causes the citizens to reject independence because they cannot trust their leaders and look to the UK as saviors for which they later find out that the UK leadership is ten times worse.
    5) What Head positions the UK seek to always try to takeover in all Caribbean OT with their own UK people? --- Police, Deputy Governor, Customs,
    • @For the doubter (22/09/2023, 10:51) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      You are spot on...don't forget Prisons, Immigration, DPP, AG, and all senior public service positions like Permenant Secretaries. They strategically strangle the Caribbean countries with their superior versus inferior colonial mindset which is in their DNA.
      • To: @For the doubter (22/09/2023, 20:50) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        Both the original post & response were interesting read and deep in content. Here is the real reason the UK & Governor always want to put UK people in these senior public service post. Believe it or not it is allow for transparency. What do I mean? If you have your UK people in all these high level post in any Caribbean OT then you have little or no resistance to any direction the UK & Governor wants to go in, especially when it is not in the best interest of the people of the country. They will get them to write it up as if it is coming from the Head of Department to the Governor as a recommendation they approve whereas a local or Caribbean person would ask questions and evaluate how best to bring it into balance with the culture of the people without compromising integrity. Once the Governor gets this approved way forward from the requisite authorities he can then move forward saying it was recommended by the Head of Immigrations & Customs to come under the police and Governor as an example. It seems transparent to the natural eyes but it is far from as by having UK people in the positions they can have many secret meetings & side bar meetings that the local government will never know about. This is one of the main reasons they want their UK people in all these crucial senior public office posts. It helps them to do a bloodless takeover that seems transparent to the International world and even some locals but it is far from that.
  • Amazed (22/09/2023, 08:50) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    I am amazed that in the 21st century more people especially pastors do not see these UK colonial actions as wrong. They really are masters at brainwashing & white magic & evil enchantments to put people in spells from slavery days to now so they can manipulate and control.
  • Brits (22/09/2023, 08:57) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
    The history of most of the British Officials for centuries proves they can never be trusted. They have only their own interest at heart and no one else. They use you to destroy your own then they enslave those who they used as well as who they conquered for them. The more things change the more they remain the same. Only if the people wake up and fight this it will change. The UN should have ban colonialism long ago.
    • @Brits (22/09/2023, 10:51) Like (6) Dislike (5) Reply
      The history of our politicians prove that they can never be trusted. They have only their own interest at heart and no one else. They full up their pockets buying up land and houses living large while the little man starves and struggles. The more we vote them in the more nothing changes, they remain the same. Only if the people wake up and fight this it will change.
      full circle moment. :)
      • @ @Brits (22/09/2023, 14:49) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
        Brits leaders don't full their pocket too? Please, those in glass houses...
  • first (22/09/2023, 08:59) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Let's first start addressing real issues to eradicate colonialism and abuse of power by modernizing and amending the BVI & ALL OT's COI ACT as the one in the BVI was passed in 1880 during the slavery era and mentality. Note this was not a COI recommendation for BVI as it favors the UK high handed actions. Most of its content which was used in the COI can be challenged in court with success. People now have rights and they must be allowed to exercise those rights without wrong doing being covered up on all fronts locally and by the UK. There must be balance. There must be equity. There must be fairness.
  • a set up (22/09/2023, 09:01) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    I have been posting this from day one about colonialism ans the COI on BVI. This whole thing is a set up for failure. Not even fortune 500 companies can implement 48 brand new recommendations all at once in their company in two years or less. The Governor and UK know how they are doing what they are doing is wrong with unrealistic and unreasonable timelines but it fits their colonial plans cloaked as good governance.
  • Really (22/09/2023, 09:04) Like (6) Dislike (6) Reply
    How can a non elected governor be sent to a country to rule over a country where their democracy allows for an elected government but yet the non elected Governor has more power than the elected government. This is colonialism at its best and it needs to be eradicated immediately.
  • It is time (22/09/2023, 09:04) Like (3) Dislike (8) Reply
    The position if Governor needs to be an elected position.
  • Putting things in perspective (22/09/2023, 09:09) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
    We all agree with UN and this must be a point of discussions and actions NOW!. We also all agree our the BVI must improve in certain areas and is doing its best to do so. But what about discussing a modern day slavery whip of an order in council to suspend a constitution in the 21st century until things like the judiciary, the 48 unrealistic COI recommendations, and others are operating how a mere few men from the UK want it to operate & be implemented. How can this be correct when there is no law in place to also hold a Governor and UK accountable. People still want to know and see the ad with the criteria and salary offered to the person selected to do the COI. Was this tendered? Was this advertised? Who vetted the applicants? Was the person hand picked? Who decided the salary and terms of reference? Who paid for it? Was this all done according to the COI AcT in BVI? Why can't these questions be answered? Why only one Commissioner for the COI was selected? Was this by design to get a specific result? Why was he from the UK? Why the UK, UN, CARICOM, and OECS, could not each independently name a Commissioner to sit on a board of Commissioners to allow transparency and fairness to do the COI? Why was the staff for the COI selected solely by the UK & were all from the UK? Why was all the COI staff persons from the same UK department as the Governor? Was the COI really independent and transparent as the Governor is claiming? Would we think so if what was done by the UK to initiate the COI was done by our local elected officials? Did the Commissioner of the COI lie to immigration and Customs when he came to BVI and did the Governor on Why he was entering the BVI? If so, is this not an illegal act punishable by law? Who really wrote the 48 recommendations in the COI report? Where they written before the COI started? Where is the other government UK lawyer Cox report? After all every story has 3 sides, yours, minds, and the truth. Where is the letter the Governor wrote to the UK in confidence asking for the COI? Was it factual? Where is the letter the Governor wrote in confidence asking for the Order in Council to suspend the constitution? Was it factual? The BVI public needs to see all these things so history can be accurately recorded. The BVI public needs to know all these things. The BVI tax money pay for a seperate lawyer for the Governor for the COI so why is the Governor, UK, & some locals upset about the speaker's lawyer bill being paid by taxpayers? What is the difference? The Governor is im charge of the police. Is he using them with the UK Commissioner of Police to promote their cause through abuse of power? The well organized intentional negative narrative the Governor & UK Officials is painting on the BVI is seeming as if it is currently working somewhat because the REAL TRUTH is not getting out. The FULL TRUTH NEEDS TO BE SET FREE. Then and only then will the BVI & ITS PEOPLE be set free from colonialism & dictatorship cloaked as otherwise.
    • RealPol (22/09/2023, 14:26) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
      @Puttings things in perspective, real talk and pertinent questions. But they are not going to get answered by the colonialists, for they feel that Blacks have no right to ask them questions which deserve an answer and there is no fair process or common decency, respect,,etc that will push them to answer. The CoI was a cabal. The opinions of a sole, handpicked commissioner is forcing a territory of 30,000 to jump through hoops in short order to complete. No county in the UK would have to endure something like this but the BVI is small locale inhabited by a majority of blacks.
      • @realpol (22/09/2023, 16:26) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
        I like to read your post. You're a realist. You put in the best way...THE COI WAS CABAL.
  • imagine (22/09/2023, 09:19) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
    All the corruption that took place in the UK with COVID purchases of supplies and equipment were all swept under the rug. They said that now was not the time to do a COI in the UK as they must concentrate on saving the economy, lives & livelihood. But yet the same hypocritical UK said it was the right time during the height of covid to do a COI on BVI. Now trying to implement direct rule. Where can you go to get justice from these double standard people.
  • fish (22/09/2023, 09:53) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Vino you on the real issues mehson
  • :) (22/09/2023, 10:06) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    I love how the Guyanese President brought it across on the interview on one of the UK News Stations. As a person of the OECS countries I am Proud of how he handled the topic. It is worth looking at online.
  • Yes to UK (22/09/2023, 10:16) Like (14) Dislike (8) Reply
    All of you bloggers is forgetting 3 things, one our own Premier called for the COI, 2 the UK have enough experience with the BVI governments to know if they didn’t put something in place things won’t get the requirements completed, and last but not lease the UK owns the BVI not the UN and Natalio Wheatley, even after the COI the corruption is still going on. The UK need to take over the BVI for at least 2 years and take this place out of the hands of this government. SAVE US.
    • @Yes to UK (22/09/2023, 10:37) Like (12) Dislike (4) Reply
      Another set of lies from another few who have been brainwashed from the UK narrative. The Premier never called for a COI like you all lying and saying and the record will show it and prove that I am correct so save that lying narrative. Also, clearly you do not read or look at the UK news. If you did you would see the increasing corruption allegations. The increasing number of serious crimes. The increasing concerns of lack of funding for police. The increasing number of protest against government policies. Go online and check it for yourself. The pot cannot call the kettle black. For people like you no matter what good the BVI does you will never acknowledge nor see it. Your thought of needing the UK to come in as saviors is colonialism in its truest form because you are saying that only Brit officials are persons of integrity and can be honest. You need to get with reality rather than hatred. You probably one of the paid UK bloggers any way.
      • @ @Yes to Uk (22/09/2023, 14:58) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
        Very well stated 10000 Likes!
      • @Yes to UK (24/09/2023, 02:48) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
        I recall seeing and reading with my own two eyes,AndrewFahie shout out front page pleading with the UK more than once for a COI while NDP was in power, I recall Ms P chastising him and following up at some point with a curse word or two.

    • Modern Partnership? Balance? (22/09/2023, 12:51) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
      The new register of interest act in BVI makes it mandatory for all elected and public officials to register their interest and make them public knowledge. However, the Governor and all his UK staff working locally in the BVI have insisted they be exempted from doing the same stating they already registered their interest in the UK yet all people not from BVI working for or with BVI Government other than UK residents must register their interest. It is these kinds of high handedness that bothers people about the actions of the Governor and UK while trying to portray that their goal is fairness and balance when in fact it is about dominance and control. We must fight these things and speak out against them. Only we the people of the BVI can & should & will SAVE OURSELVES.
  • Yes to UK (22/09/2023, 10:28) Like (12) Dislike (4) Reply
    @Volker Türk, The only people who messing with our Human Rights is you, the people of the BVI have suffered under our governments for to long now that the UK is trying to get things back on track the UN don’t want that. Natalio Wheatleyis a cry baby always running to the UN instead of doing his job and fix the things that are broken in the BVI.
    • To: Yes to UK (22/09/2023, 10:42) Like (7) Dislike (11) Reply
      Well since the UK is so perfect drag your @$% and go live there. You obviously not talking but the same UK the rest of us know and see all the negative issues they are facing and can't get them resolved. The BVI is not perfect but they have done excellent over the years for a young upcoming small country.
    • @Yes to UK (22/09/2023, 15:25) Like (11) Dislike (14) Reply
      The UK is no-ones' Saviour! You are truly delusional if you believe that. They do not have a heart for their own citizens, have you read UK news lately? After all these centuries you believe that they finally grew a heart for mankind? LOL.... You believe they are looking out for us? They can't even apologize for slavery! They are setting you up... divide and conquer has always been their Mo. Obviously, you have been living in a fictitious 18th Centry parallel universe in your mind. Sorry to speak ill of your 'Masters'!
  • tricksters (22/09/2023, 10:43) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Diplomats always have the right words to make people feel good. False hope is part of deception. Take care of your country's longstanding issues. Fix the internal problems. Ask God for vision to move the country forward instead of looking back and talking about slavery. Nobody is going to pay you for your dead ancestors, no matter what Guyana president or Caricom says. Don't wait for it. The UN always have an agenda that sounds gooc but never reaches it goal...just check all their Conventions...things only get worst as the goalposts shift and the sheeps are led to the slaughter.

    • @tricksters (23/09/2023, 09:47) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
      They paid the Jews and many others and our ancestors are no less significant! Your diplomacy lacks empathy for the oppressed African race. Therefore, you have no credibility to comment on our ancestors and the compensations afforded to their offsprings. Go and talk to the king of England and others that share your warped values and mind your own affairs!
  • The Issue (22/09/2023, 10:46) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    There will always be a clash with the UK and Caribbean OT islands as there is a huge difference in cultures, huge difference in way of life, and huge difference in what is needed in order to transparently address the needs of the people as they are different from those in the UK yet the UK want to make a one size fits all policies and laws for ALL that matches what they are doing in the UK which obviously is not working but they cannot see it.
  • hmm! (22/09/2023, 11:32) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
  • E. Leonard (22/09/2023, 12:08) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    US Civil Rights heroine Fannie Lou Hamer says: “I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.” Fannie Lou was sick and tired of the discrimination, racial injustice, deprivation voting and other rights, poor socioeconomic conditions, lynchings, etc, in Mississippi. Similarly, I’m sick and tired of hearing about reparative justice for the wrongs of slave trade, slavery, colonialism , etc. It is just cheap talk but no action by the UN and others. As the saying goes, talk is cheap but money buys land. The UN is a paper tiger, a partly undemocratic organization, ie, the 5 permanent members of its Security Council, etc, that countries don’t listen to and do as they like for there is little or no consequences for action(s), ie, Russian invasion of Ukraine. The rat is minding the cheese; Russia is a permanent member of the security council and has the unilateral power to veto any action it does not like. Consequently, any proposed action the security council takes against it HL for its invasion of Ukraine would be vetoed by Russia. Is this democracy? Would the UK abide by the UN call for more self-governance, freedom to pursue greater self-determination for the VI? Ok. Let’s tack back to reparative justice for slaves and their descendants.

    The slave trade, slavery, etc, was the greatest forced movement of people in history with no return. In other forms of slavery when the debt was repaid they got the chance to return home. For African slaves, this was not the case. They were transported across the Atlantic in the most horrific conditions imaginable, tied together in the holes of ships like wild animals, poorly fed, under unsanitary conditions, etc. Those too weak to survive the horrific conditions were toss over board like disposable items to a “ watery grave” If only the Atlantic, could talk. The strong that survived the trip were examined by buyers and auctioned off like a commodity. Sold, they were poorly fed, housed, clothed, and forced to work near death from sun up to sun down and beyond. Slaves were viewed as subhuman, field animals, whose role was currency for owners to build wealth and provide for their comfort. Slave labour built economies of UK and the Americas, generated individual wealth/fortunes, built industries, ie, banking, insurance, transportation, shipping and trading, provided generational wealth for the descendants of slave owners, provided source funding for the Industrial Revolution, etc. Neither slaves nor their descendants have benefitted from the fruits of slave labour; everyone else has though. For example, in 1833 under the Abolition Act, the UK appropriated/borrowed £20, 000,000 to compensate some 3000 slave owners. However, to date, slave descendants have not gotten even a simple apology either from the Crown, who was engaged in slavery/slave trade or from the political class.

    Moreover, slavery produced a caste/class system with racial superiority, special privileges, entitlements, etc. The descendants of slave owners like to claim that they did not own slaves, don’t know anyone that owned slaves, etc, so they should not be held liable for the actions of grandparents. For me though, that tired dog is not going to hunt nor the canary is not going to fly this guava crop. The question is have you benefitted from slavery and are you still benefiting from slavery???

    Working from sun up to sun down was not the only cost to slaves,for they were separated from their families and never to return, deprive of their names, religion, culture, history, heritage, education, proper diets, even minimal health care, etc. And at supposed emancipation they were “ tun loose” homeless, pennyless, barefooted, rags on their backs, etc to fend for themselves after toiling for free for centuries. I can go on but I’m sick and tired talking about the dehumanization, exploitation, expropriation, extraction, brutality, violence, raped, discrimination, marginalization,and so on and on. It is time for reparative justice action. Reparation is not only about cash payments but also debt forgiveness, socioeconomic assistance and programs, etc. Many regional countries and their Prople are are still suffering from the ills and pathologies of colonialism. Some may argue that reparations should be paid by tribal leaders in Africa. Hogwash!!! I’m too sick and tired of being sick and tired to mount a credible defense to that go to defense. Time for action, no more talk.
    • Stealth (22/09/2023, 14:40) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      @E. Leonard, indeed, we should be all sick and tired and being sick and tired hearing talk of reparative justice here and reparative justice there but no concrete action. Many descendants of slave owners and even some descendants of slaves are hoping that repatriation talk would just disappear. They don’t want to remember but the majority of slave descendants cannot forget the slave experience.
    • raw (22/09/2023, 14:55) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
      @E. Leonard, folks want to pretend that slavery was not so bad and even had some positive qualities, wanting to eradicate all books about it, banning teaching about it, etc., hoping it will just disappear. But you pointedly open that sore and expose again what they want to pretend didn’t happen as if pretending something did not happen means it didn’t happen. They are Hypocrites, for they are not against reparation but just reparations for blacks. Jews, Mexicans , Indians, Japanese, etc have all gotten reparations.
      • @raw (22/09/2023, 16:14) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
        We are the foundation that built their houses/nations/wealth don't you see! If we are repaid, all of their nations must crumble! Look at France and Africa. France will become a "third world country in one day". This is why they don't want to leave. IF IT'S GOD'S WILL...SO, BE IT...!!
        • raw (22/09/2023, 18:40) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
          Indeed. They’re collapsing and going bankrupt is the one the excuses being rolled out against paying reparations to the descendants of slaves.
      • @raw (22/09/2023, 20:22) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        @Raw, they enslaved Africans and tagged as inferior, equivalent to field, made them a permanent underclass at the lowest level on the social acceptability ladder and took and is taking great effort to keep them at the bottom. The biggest fear in America is White grievance fear of black aspiration, limited success, attainment, ascendancy,etc despite the effort to keep them down to support a lie.
    • Boomer (23/09/2023, 09:07) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      “I’m sick and tired of hearing about reparative justice for the wrongs of slave trade, slavery, colonialism , etc. It is just cheap talk but no action” There is no action because as a group, as a people, we desire change but don’t want to unite and fight for it. A few brave souls may march, protest, agitate, etc, for a minute, then they pack up and go home, complaining that we are being displaced, becoming second class citizens in our homeland, the colonialists are back and taking over, etc, etc. We are too blind to see that our action or no action, ie, disunity, self-discrimination, fear of some discomfort to effect change, the lack commitment to struggle for progress, etc are being strategically and tactically against us to take over. We did not seem to have learnt anything from the warriors that preceded us, ie, Dolph Faulkner, Noel Lloyd, etc. They made sacrifices, struggled, agitated, protested, etc., consistently and persistently to bring about change. The ministerial system, constitution, voting directly members of HOA, HOA,control of Wickham Cay, ,and Anegada, secondary etc, did not happen automatically or given freely by Mount Olympus, they had to be fought for. Talking about action, whatever happened to Positive Action Movement(PAM)? Noel Lloyd and PAM drove change. Its effort forced the UK to commission of a Commission of Enquiry on Wickhams Cay and Anegada, which was led by Sir Derek Jakeway, former Gov of Fiji. Like the Sir Gary Hickenbottom CoI, it too was one-sided favoring Kenneth Bates-Hill. It was so tilted to the side of Kenneth Bates Hill that even the Foreign and Commonwealth Office had to disagree with Jakeway’s recommendations. Eventually, the UK loan the BVI the money to buy out Kenneth Bates Hill contract and that is how Wickhams Cay and Anegada are under local control. The FCO did not push back against Hickinbottom's one-sided CoI probably because we were so unconcerned, showing no fight, etc, about things. We better wake up from our slumber and hibernation.
      • Gen Z (23/09/2023, 13:22) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        @Boomer, there are several generations between us but I find your mentioning of the COE on Wickhams Cay and Anegada conducted by Sir Derek Jakeway curious. Regrettably, I didn’t learn anything about it in either primary or secondary school. If your reporting is accurate, Sir Derek sided with Kenneth Bates-Hill but the FCO took a different view than the Commissioner.

        How refreshing and comforting when review and oversight are fair and balance; history hopefully will reflect that. Nevertheless, the same cannot be said about the Sir Gary Hickinbottom’s CoI, which seems one-sided, findings decided before starting the inquiry; clearly, it does not seem fair and balance and the FCO seemed to have rubber stamped the process and findings, reflecting a night and day difference between the FCO action of 1970 and 2022. History will not be so kind to neither Sir Gary Hickinbottom nor the FCO. Their image and rep will be tarnished for letting the recommendations of a sole,handpicked, perhsos bias commissioner change and disrupt the lives of the citizens of a country because he/they had the unilateral power but without citizens input. That is not democracy. But clearly, they don’t give a rat’s ass about what people, especially Black people, out in a colony thinks or wants.

        By the way, how can I access a copy of the Sir jakeway COE? Would the Central Library have a copy? Where is the Central Library? Oh, snap government does not think a central library is important and that $250K was a better investment on a concert than investing in reopening a public library. Is this emblematic of the direction of the BVI. I’m an apolitical Gen Z’er who calls a spade a spade. This is my vibe and who bex, vex. It is way past time for reparative justice for the descendants of slaves who are still being affected by the adverse legacies of slavery and colonialism and afflicting socioeconomic pathologies.
        • Boomer (23/09/2023, 14:53) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
          @Gen, the burden is your Gen to take charge, for two generations have failed us with their greed, selfishness, focus on materialism and building wealth by any and all means, corrupt action, etc., at the expense of the country. Your Gen is the VI last hope. Good luck!!!
          • @Boomer (24/09/2023, 09:39) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
            The youths of Africa has started the freedom revolution. The baton has been passed to all African people in the world and I truly believe that Jesus is with us! It is time for true freedom from the Westerners! They must leave the African continent and they must leave the Caribbean OT! Now!!!
  • Celebrate BVI people & their leaders (22/09/2023, 12:44) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    We need to emancipate ourselves from mental slavery and stop letting the UK, Governor, & their prearranged COI & preauthored 48 recommendations coupled with the few locals who assisting them with their plot to try to make us doubt ourselves and our leaders. If they are doing good vote them back in. If they are doing bad then vote them out. Let democracy & the judiciary run the country & not a modern day slavery whip by the UK with an order in council to suspend the constitution if things are not done to the liking of a few men in UK. This is not only dictatorship but also slavery in a modern form. Truth be told BVI people & leaders have done well with room for improvement. The list of good works is long but here are some of them...
    1) Building a new major revenue generator with shipping registry
    2)Built a sound Financial Service Industty
    3) Save the economy & many lives during the worse pandemic in the last 100yrs
    4) Continue to rebound from the worse category 5 hurricane in 2017 (Irma then Maria)
    5) Build a strong economy that was a blessing to many locals and Caribbean people to build themselves and their family and their homes where they were from in the Caribbean and locally.
    6) Built a modern hospital
    7)Health care system is fully accredited and the only one in the Caribbean to achieve such.
    8) Built a college that has benefited thousands
    9) College was accredited
    10) Give status to 1000s of Caribbean people who helped to build the BVI
    11) Build homes for many needy people
    12) Educated 1000s of people with free education from primary to secondary to local college - HLSCC.
    13) Build their people with 1000s of scholarships to study abroad who now have all kinds of qualification like Associates, Bachelors, Masters, Doctorates & other certifications.
    14) Build public schools on all islands and roads(these need fixing now)
    15) Free Shuttle bus service throughout the town
    16) Traffic turn around to help improve traffic in the town of Tortola
    17) Put an extension of the local college in Tortola on Virgin Gorda
    18) Built a four lane highway in the town of Tortola
    19) Achieved direct flights from USA
    20) Always pass budgets on time and balanced
    21) Build the public service which was neglected by the Governor for years although it was his sole responsibility
    22)Build airports and seaports on all main islands
    23) Built and developed the tourism industry for which most people are employed
    24) Tax break for 1st time land and home owners
    25) Built & develop sporting facilities and sport persons
    26) Support with annual subvertions to NGOs and churches & other community minded social organizations.

    I will stop there for now but there is plenty more this young, up & coming strong BVI country has done on its own through its people and our leaders and we need to celebrate the many good and not just be programmed by the few high powered evil ones as of late to name the few bad areas which all countries have. For me the next step is independence but the UK is trying to play with our minds to not trust ourselves and leaders so we would not be bold enough to take that step but it is the step to take. Long Live BVI & ITS PEOPLE & OUR LEADERS!!! BVI - HOLD YOUR HEAD UP!!! OUR GOOD FAR OUTWEIGH OUR BAD!!!
  • Yes to UK (22/09/2023, 14:17) Like (3) Dislike (14) Reply
    @Yes to UK, Andrew Fahie asked the then Governor to bring a COI on the NDP government and it back fired on his government. You are the one who can’t face what happened. It was good for the BVI because we found out about all the corruption that has been going on all these years. You can hate the UK as much as you want but there is nothing you or anyone can do about it, they own the BVI. I wish they would take over and shut people like you up...
    • To: Yes to UK (22/09/2023, 16:37) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      Get your facts straight. It was a Ralph O'Neal led Opposition with Fahie and Fraser who requested the Pier Park & the $8mill plane robbery needed a COI. The Governor's response was NO because a COI cost too much money and yields no result. After that they dropped it and never went back to any Governor for a COI. STOP YOU DAM LIES. You need to get you @#$ on a plane and go live in your crime free, corruption free, racists free, colonialism free UK because only you see their officials as such.
  • kpt (22/09/2023, 14:25) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    @Yes to UK, Your head is so far stuck in the past you dont know whats going on right infront of you, you are Brainwashed just like a lot of others. The UN dont know what the teople of the BVI have been going throught for the last 40 years so shut TFU.
  • Cough (22/09/2023, 15:11) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Hight time to legalize weed in paradise
  • To the few UK supporters to take over (22/09/2023, 16:43) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    If the aim was to get a balance and transparent COI done then the UK & their Governor should have either advertise for the Commissioner of the COI or allow the UN, OECS, CARICOM, and them (UK) to each select a Commissioner to serve on a panel of Commissioners to do the COI as the law allows. Chosing a well known hand picked hard noise colonialist was by design. The Brits did not and do not practice what they preach with transparency and it showed with the set up & handling of the COI process even as they put their own UK staff who work with the Governor in the UK Office to assist their hand picked Commissioner. A real organized modern day lynching cloaked as being transparent.
  • Really (23/09/2023, 10:47) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    So many dumb people. This article should NEVER been written. People wake up no one should have people running their life besides them. You're not supposed to have the elites running your life and you think it's normal. The ELITES works for the devil. Everything with our lives have to go through the government/ELITES. Too many brainless zombies on Vino. They don't think just press dislike. No thinking,and no observations. You All get up and life for the devil not the Almighty. How much natural things you do for the day? How much natural things you put into your body? You all have to answer to the Devil with everything you want to do. Do you ever ask yourself why is they're a phrase that say's.. land of the free. It's because we're supposed to be living for free but you all don't think to understand that it's true. The rh blood that is 15% percent of the ELITES so NEVER run this Earth with our population much higher. Money makes the world go round and you all picked money and that's why all the young boys are in the lodge and sexying off the grown man them. The kids if this generation along with the new mRNA vaccinated AI kids with be doomed with no return. Watch tv and think it's just a movie. It's your life playing out.
  • what a pity (23/09/2023, 11:33) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    We must unite to make BVI a strong prosperous country abd fight crime and keep BVI safe but the philosophy of some of you that the only people that can have or do have integrity in a high senior position in BVI Government is someone from the UK and only the UK people can run the BVI with integrity is saying God made UK people more equal than others and they are without sin. It is an ignorant slave minded mentality that no one with sense should ever subscribe to. There is always good and bad people and good and bad everywhere you good. If you want to find the good in BVI and good people in BVI for these posts and to run the BVI you can find them but some of you including the UK Officials & the Governors intend on only looking for the bad to fit a preconceived ill found notion about the BVI and its people. They also intend on always only looking for bad in any good person in BVI. The huge majority of people in the BVI are good, honest, hardworking & intelligent people and with time this truth shall prevail.

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