Abuja Proclamation of 1993A declaration of the first Abuja Pan-African Conference on Reparations for African Enslavement, Colonization and Neo-Colonization, sponsored by the Organization Of African Unity and its Reparations Commission April 27-29, 1993, Abuja, Nigeria.
This First Pan-African Conference on Reparations, held in Abuja, Nigeria, April 27-29th 1993, and sponsored by the Group of Eminent Persons (GEP) and the Commission for Reparations of the Organization of African Unity and the Federal Republic of Nigeria,
Recalling the Organization of African Unity's establishment of a machinery the Group of Eminent Persons for appraising the issue of reparations in relation to the damage done to Africa and its diaspora by enslavement, colonization and neo-colonialism,
Convinced that the issue of reparations is an important question requiring the united action of Africa and its Diaspora and worthy of the active support of the rest of the international community,
Fully persuaded that the damage sustained by the African people is not a "thing of the past' but is painfully manifest in the damaged lives of contemporary Africans from Harlem to Harare, in the damaged economies of the black world from Guinea to Guyana, from Somalia to Surinam,
Respectfully aware of historic precedents in reparations, ranging from German Payment of restitution to the Jews for the enormous tragedy of the Nazi Holocaust to the question of compensating Japanese-Americans for injustice of internment by the Roosevelt administration of the United States during World War II,
Cognizant of the fact that compensation for injustice need not necessarily be paid only in capital transfer but could include service to the victims or other forms of restitution and readjustment of the relationship agreeable to both parties,
Emphatically convinced that what matters is not the guilt but the responsibility of those states and nations whose economic evolution once depended on slave labor and colonialism, and whose forebears participated either in buying and selling Africans, or in owning them or in colonizing
Convinced that the pursuit of reparations by the African peoples in the continent and in the diaspora will itself be a learning experience in self-discovery and in uniting experience politically and psychologically,
Convinced that numerous looting, theft and larceny have been committed on
the African People calls upon those in Possession of their stolen goods artifacts and other traditional treasuries to restore them to the African people as their rightful owners,
Calls upon the international community to recognize that there is a unique and unprecedented moral debt owed to the African peoples which has Yet to be paid - the debt of compensation to the Africans as the most humiliated and exploited people of the last four centuries of modern history,
Calls upon heads of state and government in Africa and the diaspora itself to set up national committees for the purpose of studying the damaged black experience, disseminating information and encouraging educational courses on the impact of Enslavement, colonization ant neo-colonialism on present-day Africa and its diaspora,
Urges the Organization of African Unity to grant observer status to select organizations from the African diaspora in order to facilitate consultations between Africa and its Diaspora on reparations and related issues,
Further urges the OAU to call for full monetary payment of repayments through capital transfer and debt cancellation, and
Convinced that the claim for reparations is well grounded in international law,
Urges the OAU to establish a legal committee on the issue of reparations.
Also calls upon African and diaspora groups already working on reparations to communicate with the Organization of African Unity and establish continuing liaison,
Encourages such groups to send this declaration to various countries to obtain their official support for the movement,
Serves notice on all states in Europe and the Americas which had participated in the enslavement and colonization of the African peoples and which may still be engaged in racism and neocolonialism to desist from any further damage and start building bridges of conciliation and cooperation through reparations,
Exhorts all African states to grant entrance as of right to all persons of African descent and right to obtain residence in those African states, if there is no disqualifying element on the African claiming the "right to return" to their ancestral home of Africa,
Urges those countries which were enriched by slavery and the Slave Trade to give total relief from foreign debt and allow the debtor countries of the diaspora to become free for self-development and from immediate and direct economic domination,
Calls upon the countries largely characterized as profiteers (beneficiaries) of the Slave Trade to support proper and reasonable representation of African peoples in the political and economic areas of the highest decision-making world bodies, and
Requests the OAU to intensify its efforts in restructuring the international system in pursuit of justice with special reference to a permanent African seat on the Security Council of the United Nations.