Caribbean adopts plan to seek slavery reparations

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Associated Press

Posted on March 10, 2014 at 9:02 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 10 at 11:04 PM

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent (AP) — Leaders of Caribbean nations have adopted a plan on seeking reparations for what they say are the lingering ill effects of the Atlantic slave trade.

A British law firm hired by the Caribbean Community says the regional leaders have authorized a 10-point plan that would seek a full apology and debt cancellation from former colonizers such as Britain, France and the Netherlands.

The decision was made Monday at a summit in St. Vincent.

The Leigh Day law firm says the group also wants European help in strengthening cultural, health and educational institutions.

Lawyer Martyn Day says the program is, in his words, a "fair set of demands on the governments whose countries grew rich at the expense of those regions whose human wealth was stolen from them."

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