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Panel advises Dutch government to apologise for slavery

Panel advises Dutch government to apologise for slavery

AN advisory panel in the Netherlands has told the government to acknowledge that the 17th-19th century transatlantic slave trade amounted to crimes against humanity, and to apologise for the Dutch role. The independent panel, whose recommendations are not binding, was set up following protests over the murder of George Floyd, an African-American in police custody in the United States. It noted that Dutch people's knowledge of the country's colonial past is weak and recommended it be taught in schools. "History cannot be turned back," chairwoman Dagmar Oudshoorn said in a summary of the panel's findings. "However it is possible to…
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To honor slave trade victims, a memorial in the depths of the Atlantic

To honor slave trade victims, a memorial in the depths of the Atlantic

ELLEN WULFHORST TRIBUTES to victims of the transatlantic slave trade can be found in museums and through statues, but a new proposal is calling for a memorial that can neither be visited nor even seen. A virtual memorial of ribbons on maps of the Atlantic deep seabed could honor the estimated 1.8 million Africans who died at sea during the trans-oceanic slave trade, said a proposal published this month in the Journal of Marine Policy. "It would be on a map ... they can't visit it," said Phillip Turner, a science policy consultant who worked on the paper as a…
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‘Confront your colonial past’

‘Confront your colonial past’

VICTORIA WALDERSEE and CATARINA DEMONY EUROPE’S top human rights group yesterday told Portugal to do more to confront its colonial past and role in the transatlantic slave trade in order to help fight racism and discrimination in the country today. The comments by the Council of Europe come as debate in Portugal over how to remember its history heated up in recent months as the country prepares to unveil its first memorial to victims of slavery, in Lisbon. The memorial - rows of sugar cane painted in black - was designed by Angolan artist Kiluanji Kia Henda and funded by…
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