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17 April 2024, 18:00-20:00
Register start 8 April 2024
Register end 17 April 2024


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Biracial Children, African Mothers and Colonization: a Global Case for Reparations


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This side event to the 3rd session of the Permanent Forum for People of African Descent – co-organized with the African Futures Lab and Amnesty International, in partnership with the Justice Initiative, L'Association des Enfants des Belges Laissés au Congo (AEBLC), l'Association des Métis des Grands Lacs (AMGL Burundi) and The Association of Mixed Race Irish – will address a range of demands for justice and reparations from biracial people across Europe and Central Africa.

Drawing on various cases of biracial child abduction in Europe and Africa, speakers will look at the experiences of African mothers and biracial people who have sought justice and reparations in recent decades. The panel will also address the European States' resistance to fulfil their obligations under international law to give justice and reparations to the victims of these colonial policies.

To coincide with the event, the Justice Initiative's exhibition 'SHAME - European Stories', featuring portraits of victims of child abuse, will be on show alongside the event.


Geneviève Kaninda, African Futures Lab


Rachel Kapombo, Association des Enfants des Belges Laissés au Congo (AEBLC)

Issa Niyongere, Association des Métis des Grands Lacs (AMGL Burundi)

Yanine Karapatakis, Collectif Métis – Belgium

Conrad Bryan, The Association of Mixed Race Irish

Rym Khadhraoui & Melissa Hendrickse, Amnesty International

Closing Remarks

Adwoa Coleman, Advisor, African Union

Barbara Reynolds, Chairperson, UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent


This event will be followed by drinks.



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