ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
We, the delegates of the Fifth Assembly of Caribbean People, meeting in Barbados at the Cave Hill Campus of the University of West Indies affirm that our Caribbean nations are caught in a trap of unsustainable foreign debt, much of which is a result of an inherently unjust and exploitative capitalist dominated international economic order, and concede that the current international financial and economic crisis, which has its origin in the deeply flawed and exploitative system of North America and European capitalism, is threatening to devastate our already hard pressed Caribbean economies and to subvert the social welfare condition of our people.
We therefore resolve as follows:
1. To issue a CALL and agitate for the governments of the Caribbean to come together collectively and implement a process of cancellation of the admittedly largely unpayable and unjust foreign debt of the Caribbean, and to link such a campaign of debt cancellation to the historic and sacred demand of the Caribbean people for the payment of Reparations by the relevant national governments, companies and institutions of Europe and North America for the centuries of slavery, slave trade, colonialism, genocide of indigenous peoples and indentureship that were inflicted on the people of the Caribbean:
2. To engage in a collective Pan-Caribbean Campaign of mass education about the inter-linked issues of debt cancellation and Reparations, and to develop relevant linkages between our campaign and already existing debt cancellation and Reparations efforts such as the Campaign of the international non-governmental organization known as Jubilee 2000:
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August 9, 2010
Posted by Annalee Davis