Jamaica’s Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange has called for support from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the United Nations in seeking reparations for the Caribbean.
The request for assistance with Reparatory Justice for Afro-descendants of Jamaica and the Caribbean was highlighted at a webinar held to commemorate the World Day for African and Afro-Descendant Culture on Sunday.
“The United Nations, having declared the International Decade for People of African Descent, must leverage its global influence to create instruments that will encourage States to develop actions and activities focused on reparatory justice,” Minister Grange said.
“Rastafari has positioned Africa at the centre of Jamaican culture and reflecting on it all, Jamaica and Jamaicans have impacted global arts and liberation movements, including across the Continent. We have promoted equal rights, justice, and peace, and, heralded by Bob Marley, the globally unifying concept in ‘One Love’,” she added.
The theme of the webinar, which was organized by the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment, and Sport through the National Council on Reparation, was ‘People of African Descent: Defamation, Race Relations, and Developmental Institutions’.
The webinar featured local and international presenters, notable for their engagement with African and Afro-Descendant ideologies and programmes.