A racial wealth gap is persisting after centuries enslavement and systemic discrimination.
Thanks to demographic and political changes, Democratic contenders are addressing this issue for the first time.
Several 2020 presidential candidates have called for reparations for slavery in the U.S.
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Reparations has emerged as a hot topic among Democratic candidates hoping to replace Trump in 2020. But until now, the issue has only rarely received national attention.
A family of Ahiarmiut, including David Serkoak pictured behind his mother Mary Qahug Miki (centre) at Ennadai Lake in the mid-50s before the Canadian government forcefully relocation them.
Once we understand genocide as something that can take awhile, with victims dying of starvation and disease rather than outright murder, we can recognize the genocide of Indigenous peoples in Canada.
Demonstrators in Berlin demand justice for Namibian victims of German genocide.
The third repatriation of human remains in August this year was another missed opportunity for reconciliation between Germany and Namibia.
South African Police shot and killed striking mineworkers in Marikana, in 2012.
Some prosecutions followed soon after President Cyril Ramaphosa promised accountability for the Marikana massacre.
After colonisation, dispossession and decades of military violence, indigenous women in Guatemala are closing in on justice at last.
Oxfam: under pressure.
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Power imbalances and inequality lie at the heart of the international development industry. But the Oxfam scandal shows that organisations mustn't succumb to it.
Esther Utjiua Muinjangue commemorates the victims of the German colonial genocide in Namibia.
In mid-2015 the German Foreign Office after decades of denial seemingly acceded, in a very informal way, to labelling what had happened in South West Africa as genocide, is now backtracking.
Former Congolese rebel warlord, Jean-Pierre Bemba.
Under the Rome Statute, court ordered reparations are available to victims after the accused is found guilty. In the case of Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, this involves over 5,000 victims.
Archbishop Tutu teaches that punishing wrongdoers, with an eye for an eye, is unjustified.
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Archbishop Bishop Desmond Tutu is well known for having invoked an ubuntu ethic to evaluate South African society, and he can take substantial credit for having made the term familiar.
Ovaherero and Ovambanderu attending a council for dialogue about the genocide of 1904 in Berlin.
Representatives of Namibian communities affected by the 1904-1908 genocide have filed a class action against Germany in the US seeking reparations for atrocities committed by Imperial Germany
Kate and William are welcomed by representatives of the Bella Bella First Nations community in British Columbia.
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Why saying sorry should be just a starting point.
On watch for Mau Mau fighters.
A myth is doing serious injustice to the way historians have approached decolonisation.
Woman with slave girl in the mid 19th century, New Orleans.
More than 150 years of scholarship and activism hasn't brought us any closer to consensus.
David Cameron was met by calls for slavery reparations during his visit to Jamaica in September.
David Cameron has rejected calls for Britain to pay reparations for the slave trade but there might be other ways of paying back.
Stage-managed diplomacy in Haiti.
François Hollande can't avoid the issue of reparations for slavery, but nor can he take control of it.
The Slave Trade painted by a French abolitionist artist.
Foundation essay: This article is part of a series marking the launch of The Conversation in the US. Our foundation essays are longer than our usual comment and analysis articles and take a wider look…
The slave trade may have been abolished but the job isn’t done yet.
Should the descendants of slaves receive compensatory payment? This idea has returned to the US since the publication of a major essay in The Atlantic setting out the case for reparations. Here in the…