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PM Briceno Comments on the Possibility of Belize Receiving Reparations

Belize is looking to seek reparations from the United Kingdom. The move comes amid discussions on Belize becoming a republic nation. Prime Minister John Briceno spoke on the subject yesterday when the media met up with him in Spanish Lookout, Cayo District.

Hon. John Briceno, Prime Minister of Belize: “We have already passed a resolution on reparations in the National Assembly believing that some kind of compensation needs to be paid. How that will be worked out well then we’re still just at the initial stages but we have done that already. We believe that a great injustice was done to our ancestors and here in Belize and that somebody needs to be held responsible and in this case will certainly it will have to be England or the UK as our former colonial masters.” 

During his visit to Jamaica earlier this month, Prince William addressed a gathering saying, quote, “While reparations are not part of the government’s approach, we feel deep sorrow for the transatlantic slave trade, and fully recognise the strong sense of injustice and the legacy of slavery in the most affected parts of the world. We also believe that we have much to do today and in the future to address the reality of slavery in the UK and around the world.” End of quote.