BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- On Saturday, 12th October, the Non-State Actors Reparations Commission (NsARC) of Barbados will be officially launched. The commission is a coalition of civic society organisations and individuals to work in collaborating with the government’s reparations task force in advancing the claim for reparations settlement for people of African descent and the protection of human rights.
The NsARC is chaired by Hal Martin, with Hermon Lowe as vice-chair.
The General Assembly of the United Nations in its Resolution A/RES/66/144, adopted at its sixty-sixth session, under agenda item 8(b), on Comprehensive Implementation and follow-up to the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action, encouraged the Working Group on People of African Descent (WGPAD) to develop a programme of action, including a theme for adoption by the Human Rights Council, with a view to proclaiming the Decade for People of African Descent for 2013-2023.
At the first regional reparations conference sponsored by the government and people of St Vincent and the Grenadines in collaboration with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in Kingstown, St Vincent, September 15 through 17, 2013, one of the aims of the CARICOM Reparations Commission is to engage and partner with national and regional civil society organisations involve in the reparations movement.
It is expected that the launch on 12th October will be attended by representative from the embassies of America, Britain, Latin America and other CARICOM territories, non-governmental organisations, members of the Diaspora, private sector agencies, government and other civil society organisations that share an interest in human rights, reparations and the pursuit of justice, reconciliation, healing and peace.