Security & Strategic Review - January 2023

REGION: Dutch PM’s slavery apology fails to still calls for reparations

On 19 December, Holland’s Prime Minister Mark Rutte issued a formal apology to former Dutch colonies in the Caribbean - Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten, and Suriname - for his country’s historical association with slavery and the slave trade. The Dutch central bank, ABN Amro bank, and the cities of Rotterdam, Utrecht, and Amsterdam have also all issued apologies in recent years. The latest apology has been welcomed, but it has not stilled the debate about reparations.

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