London – forwardIndigenous and other advocacy groups in 12 British Commonwealth countries have called on the new British monarch, “Recognize the horrific impact and legacy of genocide and colonization of indigenous peoples and slaves.”
King Charles is the official head of state for members of the British Commonwealth, a country that was part of Britain’s former colonial empire.
In a letter dated May 4, representatives of the organizations of Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Belize, Canada, Grenada, Jamaica, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines called on King Charles “for immediate compensation. Committed to opening discussions on,” Repatriation of Relics and Return of Cultural Artifacts.
“We stand united to right the wrongs of the past and engage in a process to continue the process of decolonization,” the letter said. “We are united in our struggle to create a world free from the patterns of racism and oppression that still pervade today and are a direct legacy of the dehumanization of our first peoples and the enslaved people throughout the colonial era.”
Nova Perris, a former Australian senator and co-chair of the Australian Republican Movement who signed the letter, said in a statement that the group “looks forward to an apology from King Charles, compensation and the return of our artefacts and our remains.” Acknowledging the horrific and lasting effects of the genocide of indigenous peoples and slaves and the legacy of colonization.”
He shared a petition with the group’s demands and asked people to sign it in solidarity before the coronation.
Talk aroundhas grown in recent years, and was revived after the death of Queen Elizabeth II in September.
Descendants of some of Britain’s wealthiest slave owners have recently called on the UK government to publicly apologize and atone for the country’s historic links to slavery.Earl of Harewood.
“We are responsible for that legacy today,” Harewood told CBS News last month.
But Buckingham Palace said in April that it was cooperatingGiven the monarchy’s association with slavery, no member of the royal family has formally apologized for it, choosing instead to express regret.
At a meeting of Commonwealth heads of state in June last year, King Charles said, “As we strive together for peace, prosperity and democracy, I want to acknowledge that the roots of our contemporary society run deep into one of the most painful periods in our history. My own understanding of the lasting effects of slavery deepens.” I cannot describe the depth of my personal sorrow at the suffering of so many that continue.”
In March 2022, Prince William and Kate, Princess of Wales, met with protesters during a visit to Jamaica who demanded an apology for the monarchy’s role in slavery and reparations from the UK.
“The horrific atrocities of slavery forever scar our history,” William said during the visit. “I want to express my deepest sorrow.”
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