Indigenous leaders from 12 Commonwealth nations have called on King Charles to apologize for Britain’s ‘genocide and colonisation’ ahead of his coronation this weekend.
The statement, signed by representatives of Australia, New Zealand and Canada, also calls on the king to initiate reparations and return the stolen artefacts.
It comes weeks after the king first voiced his support for research into the historic links between the British monarchy and the transatlantic slave trade.
The statement reads: “Our collective indigenous rights organizations, among other organizations working to help our communities recover from centuries of racism, oppression, colonialism and slavery, now rightly recognized by the United Nations as ‘crimes against humanity’, right thus calling for an official apology and for the initiation of compensation proceedings.”
It outlines five key points, which include: “Immediately start a conversation about the lasting impact of slavery”, “begin discussions on reparations”, “repatriate all remains of our common peoples”, “return all our cultural treasures and artifacts” and “recognize and accept the renunciation of ‘ Doctrine of Discovery’ by Pope Francis in April 2023”.