South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa Calls On Un To Prioritise Slave Trade Reparations
When he was delivering his speech at the opening plenary meeting of the UN’s 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action, President Cyril Ramaphosa called on the United Nations to include the topic of reparation for victims of the slave trade on its agenda.
The meeting which was held under the theme of ‘Reparations, racial justice and equality of people of African descent’.
It’s been just more than two decades since the UN put the issue of reparations to Africa for the trans-Atlantic slave trade on its agenda at the World Conference on Racism in Durban but there has been no progress.
President Ramaphosa now wants the matter back on the UN agenda as a matter of urgency.
“South Africa calls on the United Nations to put the issue of reparations for victims of the slave trade on its agenda. We support the adoption of special measures, including affirmative action, targeted financial assistance as restitution to communities whose ancestors were sold into slavery.”
President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa is one of the head of states that did not attend the UN General Assembly in New York United States physically, he attend the UN’s 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action virtually from his country.