NewsUnited Nations Body Calls For Reparations Across Black Diaspora

United Nations Body Calls For Reparations Across Black Diaspora

As the movement for reparations across the United States gains traction, the United Nations calls for a global progression on the matter in a report by the Permanent Forum on People Of African Descent.

“Indeed, the legacies of colonialism and slavery and apartheid are still alive today and have a real impact in the life of millions of people of African descent around the world,” shared Barr to reporters. “It makes them – us – more exposed to violence and death as a result of encounters with law enforcement officials. It also makes them more exposed to wealth disparities, as they also bear the burden of interregional and transgenerational trauma, coped with the profound impact that racism and racial discrimination have on both cyclical and mental health.”

In ensuring their recommendations apply to Black people whose diverse identities can be impacted by other forms of prejudice, Barr also detailed that migrants, those with disabilities, and others part of the LGTBTIQ+ community are especially in need of these same protections and reparations.

For their long-term goals, the forum has also requested the inclusion of reparations in the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, as well as an extension to the International Decade of People of African Descent. As the pressure on governments to facilitate and legalize reparations grows across the world, with U.S. cities such as New York City in support, the ideal may finally come to fruition.

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Source: Black Enterprise


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