The British human rights firm Leigh Day has been hired by the Caribbean Community consortium to pursue slavery reparations and apologies from Britain, France and the Netherlands. The suit claims that these nations are responsible for lingering harms which can be attributed to the slave trade.
Leigh Day represents the rights of people and the environment in a world of multi-national organisations and global responsibility. Over the last twenty years, Leigh Day has been involved in ground-breaking cases involving the claims of foreign nationals against UK-based multinational companies (MNCs) and government departments and the rights of British nationals abroad. These have included among others:
- Claims for Kenyan victims of torture at the hands of British officials during the Mau Mau independence movement in the 1950s and 1960s (Mutua & Ors v Foreign Commonwealth Office)
- The UK’s largest-ever group action on behalf of 30,000 Ivorians affected by toxic waste dumping in the Ivory Coast (Motto & Ors v Trafigura)
- Claims for thousands of South African mine workers who developed lung diseases following their exposure to asbestos and silica dust in the mines (Lubbe & Ors v Cape Plc; Chandler v Cape plc; Alpheus Zonisile Blom v Anglo American South Africa Limited (SA); Flatela Vava & Ors v Anglo American South Africa Limited (UK))
- Claims against African Barrick Gold on behalf of Tanzanian villagers for deaths and injuries allegedly caused by the use of excessive force by mine security and police
- Claims against the British Government for complicity in extraordinary rendition and torture in the war on terror (Binyam Mohammed v The Security Services & Ors; Abul-Hakim Belhadj & Or v Rt Hon Jack Straw MP and Ors)
- Claims on behalf of Iraqi and Afghan nationals detained and abused by British Forces in Iraq and Afghanistan (Muhanna & Ors v The Ministry of Defence; Dawood Mousa Al-Maliki on behalf of the Estate of Mr Baha Mousa(deceased) and Others v The Ministry of Defence; Serdar Mohammed v The Ministry of Defence)
It is a legal victory for all people that the Caribbean nations united to sue for slavery reparations by Leigh Day, a law firm that is accomplished in pursuing justice under International Law. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said that an injustice anywhere is an injustice everywhere. Empty-handed apologies for atrocious crimes against humanity are necessarily insincere and unacceptable, whether in the Caribbean, America, or elsewhere. Paying reparations would be good for all nations that engaged in slavery. Reparations would finally "clear the air." See an excerpt below from an article by MaryLovesJustice published in November 2013:
It has long been the practice to compensate people who were subjected to crimes against humanity. Consider reparations payouts illustrated on the chart below:
"European Nations Attempt to Evade Reparations Lawsuit, But Caricom May Gain Political Leverage" ~ David Standard, the head of media relations at Leigh Day, said, “This was one of the most heinous periods of mankind. France, the Netherlands, Britain all massively benefited through the course of this time. It was built on the backs of the slavery trade. While one fully understands that these countries are not doing as well as they once were, at the same time, in the end if you have a debt due, you have a debt due."
Congratulations, Caribbean nations and Leigh Day! Congratulations to defendants in the lawsuit also. They have an opportunity before them to apply corrective measures to modern hardships caused by historic wrongs. Please listen to programs on "Human Rights Demand," a blogtalkradio channel by MaryLovesJustice. Program schedule:
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