The Gambia would table a Resolution at the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly in September demanding reparation for the injustices meted on Africans during slavery, slave trade and colonialism.
This was disclosed by the country’s Permanent Representative at the United Nations Dr. Mamadou Tangara, who was speaking at the first Banjul International Colloquium yesterday. He said the Resolution would seek the condemnation of slavery, slave trade and colonialism and demand the recognition of the atrocities perpetrated on Africa’s ancestors during the dark period of slavery and slave trade and ask for official apology for the roles that colonial masters played in the heinous acts.
The colloquium is sponsored by the Gambian leader, His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr Yahya AJJ Jammeh, Babili Mansa as part of celebrations marking 22 years of the July 22nd Revolution.
Attended by experts on slavery and colonialism, students and historians, the Banjul International convergence aims to discuss and advance the frontiers of knowledge by exploring the impacts of slavery, slave trade and colonialism on African social, political, cultural and economic lives and to establish factual bases on the need for reparation.
Ousman Fisco Njie, Gambia’s third committee expert member said last October, The Gambia sensitised the African group at the UN on the resolution which was first tabled at the African Union to secure its decision and backing. “One of the things we are doing today would lead to a healthy debate at the highest level,” he said.
According to him, the Resolution was a Gambian initiative when tabled at the African Union but has now become an African initiative.
Alexander T.A. Ajayi, Nigeria’s third committee expert member said the conversation has been opened and would continue until the targets of the resolution are achieved. “We will give the real expression of the meaning of what we are requesting,” he said.
According to him, it is true that there are black people in the United States, United Kingdom and elsewhere in the world who have African descendants but psychologically do not like to associate themselves with Africa. He said with Africans’ continued discussion and engagements, they can change the mindsets of those African descendants to understand that they have clear connections to Africa.
“This is an African project so we would put every effort to it to ensure it is recognised at the UN General Assembly,” he added.
by Amadou Jallow