Political

Colloque 2006: Reparations for slavery

This conference on reparations for slavery, co-organized by the Association Racines and the Association Guadeloupéenne pour la recherche en histoire du droit et des institutions d’outre-mer (GREHDIOM) under the patronage of the UNESCO, was held on 16-17 of December 2006 at the Cité des Métiers in the Abymes, Guadeloupe. Numerous discussions and debates were had around the question of reparations and the Taubira law.

Kat Lidantité Nasyonal Matinitjé (Carte d'identité nationale martiniquaise): National Martiniquais Identity Card

In 2010, the Mouvement International pour les Réparations (MIR) set up a site whereby the people of Martinique can obtain a national identity card to assert their primary identity as Martinquais and not French. While this card is not legally or internationally recognized, it nonetheless represents a challenge to the imposition of a French national identity upon people living in the Antilles. Applications are made online.

Court case against the use of the pesticide 'chlordécone' in the French Antilles

In 2006, a group of environmental and ecological associations brought a court case against State-funded banana producers in the Antilles (dominated by the béké population) for their use of the harmful pesticide, chlordécone, between 1972 and 1993. Despite bans in other countries, such as the USA, the French government authorized the use of this pesticide in Martinique and Guadeloupe.

Symposium on Reparations: Guadeloupe

In 2011, the Mouvement International pour les Réparations (MIR) organised a symposium on reparations in Guadeloupe in collaboration with the Comité International des Peuples Noirs (CIPN) and the association Racines. The aims of the symposium were to identify development strategies based on reparations for peoples of African origin. The symposium came to a number of conclusions affirming that:

An Appeal for a National Debate on Reparations

On 8th October 2012, a group of associations invested in seeking reparations for slavery were invited to the official residence of the French government, Matignon, with the aim of setting up an interministerial meeting to begin discussions.

An end to racism: Cifordom's petition to Hollande

In response to the emergence of many high-profile incidents of racial hatred relating to the French Minister for Justice, Christiane Taubira, on 17 July 2014, the association Centre d’Information, Formation, Recherche et Développement pour les Originaires d’Outre-Mer (Cifordom) submitted a petition with over 600 signatures to the French president, François Hollande, in support of a document entitled 'A Genuine Plan to End Racism' ('Un veritable plan pour en finir avec le racism').