Reparation Centre Calls For The Rights of The Windrush Generation To Be Restored
St. Andrew, Jamaica, April 19, 2018: The Centre for Reparation Research says that the Windrush generation crisis demonstrates the failure of the United Kingdom (UK) to face its responsibilities as a former colonial power. The Centre calls for a full investigation into the circumstances under which some have been already deported and others are being threatened with deportation and denial of their British citizenship. Those who left to work in the UK, along with their children, went as British citizens under the 1948 Nationality Act.
The Centre maintains that the Windrush generation crisis is based on the UK’s long practice, since the days of African enslavement, to have cheap but expendable labour for its own enrichment and development.
Professor Verene Shepherd, Director of the Centre said “There are reports that British Prime Minister Theresa May has apologized to both Caribbean leaders meeting in London at the Commonwealth Summit and to the Windrush Generation for this shameful situation. This crisis, however, clearly links reparatory justice with the continuing harm to the Caribbean. The failure to provide formal paperwork for those who emigrated as British citizens from the Caribbean is shameful. The UK has used black bodies to build or rebuild the country, as in the case after World War II, and now seeks to deport them after they extracted the most useful years of their lives”.
The Windrush generation deportations comes on the heels of revelations that until 2015, West Indians and other Black Britons paid taxes that helped pay off the Slavery Compensation Loan to white plantation owners in the Caribbean. The Centre says that these people were once again being asked to bear the burden of the UK’s failure to address colonialism.
“An administering power…is not entitled to extract for centuries all that can be got out of a colony and when that has been done to relive itself of its obligations…” – Sir Ellis Clarke, 1964
Contact: Jodi-Ann Quarrie
Centre For Reparation Research
2a Hermitage Road,
Kingston 7, Jamaica
About the Centre for Reparation Research
The focus of the Centre for Reparation Research (CRR) at The University of the West Indies (The UWI) is threefold: to promote research on the legacies of colonialism, native genocide, enslavement and indentureship in the Caribbean, and how to bring justice and positive transformation to these legacies; to promote education at The UWI and across Caribbean school systems on the legacies of colonialism, enslavement and native genocide and the need for justice and repair; and to promote advocacy for reparatory justice by building a capacity for consultancy to CARICOM, Caribbean states, the UN and other relevant institutions, public awareness raising, and supporting activism for reparatory and decolonial justice from grassroots to governments. For more information on the CRR visit www.reparationresearch.org.