The Reparations March Committee co-ordinates not only the annual march to Downing street, but also coordinates a national network of outreach teams (GREOTS - Grassroots Reparations Outreach Teams), regional mobilisers, banner making workshops, reparations awareness workshops and fundraising events. We have a number of task groups built around our organising needs as well as Bloc co-ordinators for the 9 blocs that we will be marching in. The Afrikan Emancipation Day Reparations March Committee is partnered with the Stop the Maangamizi Campaign as the UK and Europe's biggest and most visible contribution to the International Social Movement for Afrikan Reparations (ISMAR).
It is important to emphasise here:
THE MARCH IS NOT THE REPARATIONS MOVEMENT!
THE MARCH PARTNERED WITH THE STOP THE MAANGAMIZI CAMPAIGN IS NOT THE REPARATIONS MOVEMENT!
Too many of us are looking to a single action, organisation or leading individual to be the answer to the plethora of problems we face collectively. The reality is historically and now, this has and never will be the case. This is why it is important to ovastand what the IInternational Social Movement for Afrikan Reparations (ISMAR) is and how the March and the Stop The Maangamizi (STM) campaign fits into it.
The ISMAR is made up of different individuals, groups, organisations, campaigns and strategies, all working towards reparatory justice. The ISMAR is global, grass roots, people led and has many aspects to it, often refered to as pillars or columns. Imagine these colums are foundations and routes towards securing holistic reparations. So for example you have the street column, the student column, the academic column, the economic column, and the political column. The March being a massive mobilisation and show of strength of grassroots people, forms part of the street column. Partnered with the STM campaign, a grassroots led political dimension is added and identified specific outcomes are sought through its aims and campaign tools. Firstly the STM Campaign aims to:
1. Restitution should, whenever possible, restore the victim to the original situation before the gross violations of international human rights law or serious violations of international humanitarian law occurred. Restitution includes, as appropriate: restoration of liberty, enjoyment of human rights, identity, family life and citizenship, return to one’s place of residence, restoration of employment and return of property.
2. Compensation should be provided for any economically assessable damage, as appropriate and proportional to the gravity of the violation and the circumstances of each case, resulting from gross violations of international human rights law and serious violations of international humanitarian law, such as:
(a) Physical or mental harm;
(b) Lost opportunities, including employment, education and social benefits;
(c) Material damages and loss of earnings, including loss of earning potential;
(d) Moral damage;
(e) Costs required for legal or expert assistance, medicine and medical services, and psychological and social services.
3. Rehabilitation should include medical and psychological care as well as legal and social services.
4. Satisfaction should include, where applicable, any or all of the following:
(a) Effective measures aimed at the cessation of continuing violations;
(b) Verification of the facts and full and public disclosure of the truth to the extent that such disclosure does not cause further harm or threaten the safety and interests of the victim, the victim’s relatives, witnesses, or persons who have intervened to assist the victim or prevent the occurrence of further violations;
(c) The search for the whereabouts of the disappeared, for the identities of the children abducted, and for the bodies of those killed, and assistance in the recovery, identification and reburial of the bodies in accordance with the expressed or presumed wish of the victims, or the cultural practices of the families and communities;
(d) An official declaration or a judicial decision restoring the dignity, the reputation and the rights of the victim and of persons closely connected with the victim;
(e) Public apology, including acknowledgement of the facts and acceptance of responsibility;
(f) Judicial and administrative sanctions against persons liable for the violations;
(g) Commemorations and tributes to the victims;
(h) Inclusion of an accurate account of the violations that occurred in international human rights law and international humanitarian law training and in educational material at all levels.
5. Guarantees of non-repetition should include, where applicable, any or all of the following measures, which will also contribute to prevention:
(a) Ensuring effective civilian control of military and security forces;
(b) Ensuring that all civilian and military proceedings abide by international standards of due process, fairness and impartiality;
(c) Strengthening the independence of the judiciary;
(d) Protecting persons in the legal, medical and health-care professions, the media and other related professions, and human rights defenders;
(e) Providing, on a priority and continued basis, human rights and international humanitarian law education to all sectors of society and training for law enforcement officials as well as military and security forces;
(f) Promoting the observance of codes of conduct and ethical norms, in particular international standards, by public servants, including law enforcement, correctional, media, medical, psychological, social service and military personnel, as well as by economic enterprises;
(g) Promoting mechanisms for preventing and monitoring social conflicts and their resolution;
(h) Reviewing and reforming laws contributing to or allowing gross violations of international human rights law and serious violations of international humanitarian law.
We hope this gives a comprehensive overview of what we seek, what we are and what we are not! To secure reparations we must keep learning, keep up the pressure, make sacriices and take risk, fist pumping, sloganeering and operating in silos not challenging the establishment will not yield us anything! Time to get busy!
Read and re-read the Petition
Sign the petition and get another 50 people to read and sign it
Mobilise people to join the March
Begin to prepare yourself to take on the government via the Commission of Inquiry explained within the petition
Keep learning, keep growing, don't get weary! This is an intergenerational quest!!
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