Accra Declaration charts new path for global reparation movement  

Accra, Sept. 2, GNA – A Global coalition of diplomats, scholars, activists, artists, and civil society organizations, has released The Accra Declaration on Reparations and Racial Healing, a document to chart a new path for the reparation movement.  

The Declaration is the outcome of an international convening focused on reparations and healing held earlier this month in Accra, Ghana. 

The event forms part of the efforts to mark the 2022 International Day for People of African Descent. 

A statement issued in Accra quoted President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as saying, “The effects of the Slave trade have been devastating to the African continent and the African diaspora, with the entire period of slavery stifling Africa’s economic, cultural and psychological progress.” 

It said building on The Abuja Proclamation of 1993 and the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action of 2001, The Accra Declaration highlighted the legacies of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, colonialism, and ongoing harms.  

It called for the United Nations Permanent Forum on People of African Descent to convene a global summit of former colonial powers on the issue of reparations. 

The statement also called for the development of prosperous economies through the reformation of global systems and structures, and the return of stolen artefacts.  

It urged the United Nations to extend the United Nations Decade for People of African Descent, and for a process of acknowledgement and healing for the roles that both Europe and Africans played in the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.  

“We are experiencing unprecedented momentum at this moment in our work around the world,” Dr Sir Hilary Beckles, the Chairman of the CARICOM Reparations Commission, said.  

He said, “The fact that people came together from the Caribbean, Europe, South America, North America, and a sitting Head of State is making such a bold statement about reparations shows the growing appeal and importance.”  

Dr Enola Aird, the Founder of The Community Healing Network, said, “This will be critical to the relationships that are being forged and will help bolster our efforts to facilitate both accountability and healing worldwide.”  

“The reparations movement is only growing, and we credit the work that has been done for so long,” Dr Ron Daniels, co-chair of the Global Circle for Reparations and Healing, said.  

“Our responsibility is to do as much as we can to move forward with this declaration as a guide for how our work moves forward,” he said. 

Members of the Global Circle will be participating in a series of events commemorating the International Day for People of African Descent.  

Scholars, activists, journalists, and human rights activists like Dr Julius Garvey, Nikole Hannah-Jones, Dr Hilary Beckles, and economist Darrick Hamilton were among attendees.