This country has engaged the services of lawyers in the United Kingdom as it continues its quest to get reparations from its former colonisers.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines has formed a reparations committee that will seek compensation from the United Kingdom for genocide against the Garifuna people and the enslavement of Africans here.
“In the U.K., I had a meeting with the lawyers from chambers which are providing advice for us on how to proceed in relation to reparations for genocide and slavery,” Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves told a press conference on Monday.
He further said that Jomo Thomas, head of the Reparations Committee, had been in contact with the lawyers in the United Kingdom.
“I met them in London and I had a long meeting with them. And, as you are aware, I have gotten the matter on the agenda of CARICOM and Professor Hillary Beckles have agreed to do a background paper. I have asked him. And I am hoping that we can get out of CARICOM a CARICOM-wide commission on reparations. We are dealing with things on different fronts,” Gonsalves said.