Switzerland will address the question of reparations from slavery

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The Swiss historian Hans Fässler, dozens of public figures set up a Committee which has considered the question of damages in connection with slavery, which also had bearing and Switzerland.

Representatives of the Swiss Committee for reparations from slavery (Swiss Committee on Slavery Reparations, abbreviated SCORES) are convinced that the question of damages should be discussed in the dialogue between those who benefited from the transatlantic slave trade and descendants of victims of slavery.

“We should recognize the centuries-old crime against humanity on the historical example of the exploitation of the American colonies of Europe, as well as the need to implement the moral and economic reparation, says the Committee. Is debt including Switzerland, which participated in this scheme from 16th to 19th century social, economic, ideological and cultural spheres of life and enjoyed its benefits.”

On the establishment of this Committee was announced by the historian Hans Fässler (Hans FässlerВнешняя link), representative for public relations SCORES, speaking yesterday, December 9, in the office of the United Nations in Geneva.

The official position

Swiss trading companies, banks, city government, family businesses, military recruiters and hired soldiers, but also individuals – they all received a share of the profits from the slave trade. Specific examples of the Swiss part of the history related to the slave trade, posted on the web site louverture.sunesta link (though it is worth noting that most of them date back to the historical period when the Swiss state itself did not exist).

And let the main examples are related to the indirect profits from slavery – slaves in Switzerland is not seen, historians have collected a lot of information. So, you can learn from it that 1719-1734 years, the city Council of Bern, and two banking houses, Malacrida and Samuel Muller, the shares owned speculative Inomarki company that has sent from Africa to the New world about 20 thousand slaves.

Many were Swiss who had emigrated abroad and subsequently owned the coffee or cotton plantations on which slaves worked. Something “returned home a rich man”, according to historical research. Slavery also played a role in the development of the textile industry in Switzerland.

It should be noted that the Swiss government has always claimed the Confederation as a state never were involved in slavery and were not a colonial power.

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