Returning to Source: The Future of Reparations and Restorative Justice for Afrikan
An International Colloquium
Musée da Silva
Republic of Benin
19–21 September 2018
ORGANIZED BY THE INTERNATIONAL NETWORK OF SCHOLARS AND ACTIVISTS FOR AFRIKAN REPARATIONS (INOSAAR) IN COLLABORATION WITH THE ASSOCIATION POUR UNE RÉPARATION GLOBALE DE L’ESCLAVAGE (APRGE, BENIN) AND SPONSORED BY THE ARTS AND HUMANITIES RESEARCH COUNCIL (AHRC, UK)
The struggle for reparations for the trafficking, enslavement and colonization of Afrikan people, with their attendant legacy of racial oppression, has a long and varied history but has never received any serious attention and commitment from the former enslaving and colonial powers in Europe and America. However, we are now witnessing a renaissance in calls for reparative justice and restitution, rising alongside the emergence of public memories of the trans-Atlantic trafficking and enslavement of captive Afrikans.
This renaissance is distinguished by its transnationalism and trans-regionalism. It draws from the struggle of Pan-Africanists who sought the unity of the Afrikan continent and its people, and whose fight for reparations was consolidated in landmark events such as the Abuja Proclamation of 1993 and the Durban Declaration of 2001, which recognized ‘the right to seek just and adequate reparation or satisfaction for any damage suffered’ as a result of human rights violations.