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Tuesday, 27 February 2024
Jamaica Demands Queen Elizabeth to pay out Slavery Reparations

The express reported that the Queen has been ordered to pay out billions of pounds by Jamaica after the nation pointed to Britain's role in administering the former slave colony.

A Jamaican politician has said a petition for compensation will be "presented to the Queen".

The British monarch is officially titled Queen of Jamaica, as the nation is within the British Commonwealth. Jamaica has demanded slavery reparations from the Queen, as she is the head of state of the UK.

According to the Express, Jamaican politician Olivia "Babsy" Grange said she wants to petition Her Majesty for compensation for all the nation's citizens.

The Caribbean country's Culture Minister Ms Grange said: "We are especially pleased to announce that we have made further steps in our strides towards seeking reparatory justice for the victims and descendants of the transatlantic slave trade.

"The petition is to be presented to the Queen of the UK and or the Government of the UK."

The politician added that Jamaica's National Council of Reparation had fully backed the petition and it had been agreed that: "The Attorney General's chambers would need to weigh up the merits of the petition in the eventuality of the government of Jamaica's involvement in the petition."

The politician added: "It would be the responsibility of the Attorney General's chambers to file the petition on behalf of the people of Jamaica."

In 2015, David Cameron visited Jamaica and faced calls to pay billions of pounds in slavery reparations.

It was only in 2015 that the UK finally paid off the debt owed to slave-owning families who demanded compensation for the abolishment of slavery in 1833.

This has led critics of Jamaica's move to claim that British taxpayers have already paid their share of compensation.

Thomas Mace-Archer-Mills, historian and founder of the British Monarchists Society, speaking to the Daily Star said: "Britain has already paid its share and then some the price of freedom for Jamaica's slaves.

"There needs to come a day where individuals, peoples, and the nations of today need to take accountability for themselves.

"They need to take accountability for their own actions and situations, and stop blaming centuries-old dead people and less savoury histories of the past."

A document from the British National Archives stated: "Portugal and Britain were the two most ‘successful’ slave-trading countries.

"They accounted for about 70 percent of all Africans transported to the Americas.

"Britain was the most dominant between 1640 and 1807 when the British slave trade was abolished."

In total, about 3.1 million people from African were transported to the British colonies in the Americas and Caribbean.

It is estimated that only 2.7 million people survived the dangerous "middle passage" in the confines of slave ships across the ocean.

Source: express

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