Jamaica’s Minister of Culture, Gender, Recreation and Sports, Olivia Grange, announced that her country is preparing to demand compensation from the Queen of England, Elizabeth II, for the victims of slavery and their families during the colonial period.
Grange asserted in a statement that the harmful effects of slavery were still continuing, and that they would therefore bring an application for compensation to the Queen.
“We are particularly pleased to report that we have taken further steps in our pursuit of restorative justice for the victims and descendants of the transatlantic slave trade,” said Grange.
“The petition will be submitted to the Queen or her government of the United Kingdom,” Grange added.
The opposition People’s National Party of Jamaica also supported the request for compensation.
National Progressive Party leader Mark Golding stated that the opposition had long supported the demand for reparations for slavery.
The Queen of England also serves as the head of the member states of the Commonwealth of Nations, including Jamaica.
Elizabeth II performs her duties as such through the Governor-General appointed by her for each member state.
In the member states of the Commonwealth, the program of government is prepared by the Prime Minister, but it is the Governor-General who interprets it on behalf of the Queen.
* Translated by Daniel Gallego. .
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