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CARICOM Renews Demand To Great Britain That It Pay Slavery Reparations

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GEORGETOWN, Guyana — A senior Caribbean Community official says the organization is moving forward with its effort to seek reparations from Britain for slavery.

Assistant Secretary General Douglas Slater says Caricom sent a formal letter of complaint to British Prime Minister David Cameron outlining its case for reparations. The Caribbean Community intends to take the matter to the world court if Britain does not respond within two years.

Slater said Tuesday that legal action is a last resort and that the organization prefers a settlement.

The letter sent by Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has not been released. Caribbean leaders launched a renewed push for reparations in 2013. They argued that poverty and disease haunt former colonies because of slavery.



Cameron rejected the call for reparations during a visit to Jamaica last year.

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John McCarthy

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 50 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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