The Commission has identified ten points of action that go beyond financial reparations to include support for educational development, health and medical systems, and other pressing needs in the Caribbean (http://caricomreparations.org/). Reparations would therefore benefit not only people of African descent, but all Caribbean citizens.
Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, author of Britain's Black Debt: Reparations for Slavery
and Native Genocide in the Caribbean (UWI Press 2013) is a longtime advocate of reparations. He advanced the call for reparatory justice at a meeting at the House of Commons in London, UK, on January 28, 2016. The meeting, hosted by Member of Parliament Diana Abbot, was attended by political leaders, academicians, and representatives of civil society. It was designed to share information and develop strategies across Britain and the Caribbean to advance the movement for reparatory justice. In an inaugural lecture on Race and the Curriculum at Oxford University, Professor Beckles also spoke on reparatory justice at the invitation of the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Louise Richardson. In addressing students and faculty at one of the UK’s oldest and most illustrious academic institutions, Professor Beckles stated that reparatory justice is not a call for handouts as many believe.
He noted, "On the contrary, it is a renewed call for development cooperation between Britain and the Caribbean." Vice-Chancellor Beckles proposed that Britain establish a facility like the Jewish Reparation Fund, paid into by Germany and other European nations after the Holocaust, which drives Israeli development projects.
On February 22, 2016, Vice-Chancellor Beckles also delivered a distinguished public lecture
at Harvard Law School in the US, titled "Reparatory Justice for Global Black Enslavement: The Greatest Political Movement of the 21st Century". Drawing attention to the Black Lives Matter movement, Sir Hilary indicated that there was a present need for reparatory justice, to build bridges across lines of moral justice. Prof. Annette Gordon-Reed, Charles Warren and Carol Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcli e Institute and Professor of Law at Harvard University, also pointed to the importance of understanding that "slavery was not just a system of holding people in bondage. It was holding people in bondage for a purpose...to make money off of their bodies." This system therefore accrued an economic as well as moral debt that calls out for justice.