National Council on Reparations appointed by Grange
A 16-member National Council on Reparations has been appointed by the Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange.
It is to be chaired by attorney and adjunct lecturer at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Laleta Davis-Mattis, whose area of research covers international, Caribbean and environmental law.
Davis-Mattis is to have well-known attorney, Bert Samuels, as her deputy.
According to Grange in a statement on Tuesday, “The council, which is located within the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, is tasked with formulating strategies to claim, secure and dispense reparations due to the people of Jamaica for the transatlantic slave trade.
The council is also to advise the Government on matters related to reparatory justice.
Its appointment became effective on July 29, 2019, and is to run until July 28, 2022.
"It... includes a diverse membership that possesses the requisite skills to advance the argument of reparation for the people of Jamaica," Grange added.
She said the members of the council have been drawn from the legal fraternity, academia, the Rastafari community, civil society, the church and the public sector.
The other members of the council are:
Professor Verene Shepherd
Frank Phipps, QC
Lord Anthony Gifford, QC
Dr Jahlani Niaah
Professor Rupert Lewis
Dr Michael Barnett
Professor Clinton Hutton
Ras Lanceroy Ho-Shing
Pastor Bruce A Fletcher
Reverend Stephen Jennings
Dr Winsome Gordon
Lorraine Williams Tafari