Slavery, Reparations and Transparency: Martinique


As events related to the abolition of slavery start taking place around Martinique today (May 22), some areas have decided to take a clearer stance regarding this historical trauma. For example, the City Council of the Prêcheur decided to adopt a transparency clause on crimes against humanity. Dom Tom News reports:

The purpose of this measure is to make companies seeking public aid or purchases to open their archives and to reveal whether they benefited in any way from crimes against humanity in the past, including slavery . The town hall of Sainte-Anne had already voted on the text, under the aegis of Garcin Malsa. But its implementation had been abandoned since the change of municipal majority here.

Speaking on this decision, Marcellin Nadeau, mayor of Prêcheur, stated: “As far as slavery is concerned, we are campaigning for reparations. Now, the first of the reparations is truth. This is why we have adopted this transparency clause, which will allow us to have a better understanding of our history. On the other hand, in a context in which there is such frequent mention of the moralization of public life, citizens have a right to know where public money is going. [We should know whether] companies that want to receive public funds (aid, markets, etc.) have been complicit in crimes against humanity. And if so, [we should know] where, how, under what circumstances, to what extent, with what consequences, and with what level of profit.” [. . .]

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