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The government of St Lucia has established a reparations committee, in keeping with a decision taken at a Conference of CARICOM Heads of Government in July this year.

The Heads of Government requested that each CARICOM Member State to set up its own National Reparations Committee to document the effects of European genocide against the indigenous inhabitants of the region, the slave trade and the enslavement of Africans, and the colonization of the country.

The unanimous position was taken to engage the governments of the United Kingdom, France and Holland on the issue of Reparations for Native Genocide and Slavery.

The meeting also agreed to the establishment of a political oversight committee under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister of Barbados and comprising the Chair of Conference and the Heads of States and Government of Guyana, Haiti, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Suriname. 

The committee of Heads of Government will oversee the work of a CARICOM Reparations Commission comprising the chairs of National Reparation Committees and a representative of a reparation research unit at the University of the West Indies (UWI).

On that basis, 11 people have been selected to sit on the committee in St Lucia, which will be chaired by former Press Secretary Earl Bousquet.
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