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Parliament urged to examine reparations

LOBBY: Abu Akil, Misie Goode and MP Marsha De Cordova in the House of Commons

UK REPARATIONS campaigners have pledged to continue to lobby MPs in Parliament to achieve justice for enslavement and racism.

Members of the Global Afrikan Congressuk (GACuk) agreed to lobby MPs next summer and push for an all-party Parliamentary committee on reparations following a recent event.

Around 30 people took part in the GACuk’s second annual ‘Reparations Lobby’ last week.

They met with MPs in the House of Commons to argue for a series of anti-racist proposals including reparations.

Secretary of GACuk, Glenroy Watson told the post-lobby rally: "We want another lobby in the House of Commons in June. We need to organise so that we can have an all-party committee on reparations and so that we can set their agenda. We should ask the Afrikan MPs to lead on this."

The Reparations Lobby proposals included that the UK government should:
• commit to some form of reparations for Afrikan enslavement and colonialism,
• recognise 1st August as Emancipation Day and a public holiday,
• implement the United Nation's 2001 Durban Declaration and Program of Action, (http://www.un.org/en/durbanreview2009/ddpa.shtml)
• decriminalise Afrikan freedom fighters, and
• support the United Nations’ international decade for Afrikans 2015- 2024.

Watson said: "Decisions in the House of Commons led to enslavement and many other wrongs. Some people say they want nothing to do with it. But I'm in the trade union movement and my position is that we confront the decision makers."

*GACuk as an organization spell ‘Afrika’ with the letter ‘k’ instead of ‘c’

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