Thursday, May 4, 2023

Commonwealth Indigenous Leaders Demand Apology from UK King for Effects of Colonisation

Apology from UK King for Effects of Colonisation

Commonwealth Indigenous leaders demanded formal apologies from Britain's King Charles III for "centuries of racism" and the "legacy of genocide" perpetrated by the British Crown.
Indigenous representatives from 12 Commonwealth nations called on the 74-year-old British monarch to start a process toward "a formal apology and for a process of reparatory justice to commence" in a letter sent to him just three days prior to his luxurious coronation celebration in London despite the country's record cost-of-living crisis, The Guardian reported.

The signatories of the letter, which could sour the build-up to this weekend’s coronation, also called for financial reparations by redistributing the wealth of the British crown and the return of stolen cultural treasures and human remains.

The letter -- titled "apology, reparation, and repatriation of artifacts and remains" -- has been signed by representatives of Antigua and Barbuda, Aotearoa (New Zealand), Australia, the Bahamas, Belize, Canada, Grenada, Jamaica, Papua New Guinea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

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