The Centre for Reparation Research (CRR) has had an exciting nine months and we are delighted to share our news and activities with you – from the launch of the Centre in October 2017 to our dialogue with our church leaders in June 2018. How did it all begin? The CRR was approved by the Technical Advisory Committee of The University of the West Indies (The UWI) in 2016, and the proposal for establishment was approved by The UWI’s Finance and General Purposes Committee in February 2017.
The Centre, officially launched in October 2017, was created to promote research on the legacies of colonialism and help to bring justice and positive transformation to these legacies. Its establishment was as a result of a decision by the Heads of Government of CARICOM, after engagement with the Vice-Chancellor of The UWI, to join the long-standing movement for reparatory justice, pioneered by enslaved Africans and sustained by Rastafari, academics, and civil society. The UWI then created the CRR to support the research agenda of the movement.