Antiguan gov't apologises to Rastafarians
WASHINGTON, CMC – The Government of Antigua and Barbuda says it will formally apologize before the Organization of American States (OAS) on Monday on discrimination against the Rastafarian community, in an effort to improve relations with the religious group. An Antigua and Barbuda Government statement issued yesterday said its ambassador to the United States and the OAS, Sir Ronald Sanders, will address the Permanent Council of the OAS tomorrow morning to advise that the prime minister has apologized to the Rastafarian community for decades of discrimination against them. “He will also inform the Council of other measures that the government has taken or intends to take to enhance the rights of Rastafarians who are a minority group in Antigua and Barbuda,” the statement added. The statement also said Sanders’ report is in keeping with Inter-American Democratic Charter of the OAS, which requires the elimination of all forms of discrimination and intolerance, as well as respect for cultural and religious diversity in the Americas, including the Caribbean. The Antiguan envoy said Browne readily agreed for Ambassador Franklyn Francis, a leading member of the Rastafari community, to also address the OAS Permanent Council on the actions of the Antigua and Barbuda government. “We are making history,” Sir Ronald said.