Atlantic slave trade compensation urged

Caribbean states press Western nations for restitution at UN General Assembly for 16th-19th century phenomenon.

    Leaders from Caribbean island countries are seeking compensation from Western nations over the Atlantic slave trade, in which millions of African men, women and children were sold to European traders who transported them to North and South America from the 16th to 19th century.

    The Caribbean governments want restitution from Britain, France and the Netherlands over genocide and slavery.

    The issue has featured in a number of speeches at this week's UN General Assembly in New York.

    Al Jazeera's Cath Turner reports from New York.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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