“The Barbados government is considering plans to make a wealthy Conservative MP the first individual to pay reparations for his ancestor’s pivotal role in slavery,” Britain’s Guardian newspaper reported on Saturday.
Richard Drax, a lawmaker representing Britain’s South Dorset region, recently traveled to the island for a private meeting with Barbadian Prime Minister Mia Mottley, whose government is considering legal action against Drax if he does not arrive. to an agreement with him, according to the newspaper. report.
“The Drax family pioneered the plantation system in the 17th century and played an important role in the development of sugar and slavery in the Caribbean and the United States,” he said.
“If the problem cannot be resolved, we will take legal action in international courts,” said Barbados parliamentarian Trevor Prescod, chair of the Barbados National Task Force on Reparations, part of the Caribbean Community Reparations Commission (Caricom). ).
He added that the United Nations has declared slavery, which involved mass kidnappings in Africa to supply free labor to plantations in the New World, a crime against humanity.
Caricom countries “have been campaigning for reparations payments from former colonial powers and institutions that profited from slavery. This is the first time a family has been singled out,” the report said. ■