Bell Ribeiro-Addy MP

Member of Parliament for Streatham (and parts of Balham, Clapham Common, Tulse Hill and Brixton Hill)
Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Clapham & Brixton Hill

The Legal Case for Reparations with Leigh Day

May 23, 2023 | Campaigns, Parliamentary Work

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Bell standing alongside fellow panellists from the event.

I was honoured to chair a parliamentary panel put on by local law firm Leigh Day with the support of the APPG on African Reparations, with some eminent guests including Lord Anthony Gifford KC (Barrister and member of Jamaica’s National Council on Reparations), David Commissiong (Lawyer and Barbados’ Ambassador to CARICOM), Jacqui McKenzie (Leigh Day Partner), Verene Shepherd (vice-chair, CARICOM Commission on Reparations) and Walker Syachalinga (Leigh Day Trainee). When a country commits a crime like genocide, it is supposed to make amends to the victims, including the descendants of the original victims who still suffer the consequences of the crime. We had a wide-ranging discussion about how this might be pursued via legal means. Crimes against humanity warrant reparations.