Today we are proud to begin our next campaign. We are calling upon all British ‘subjects’ to recognise and apologise for the crimes of Empire perpetrated in their names. This apology – though unavoidably incomplete given the scale of Britain’s crimes – offers a sincere and unilateral acknowledgement of the reality of Empire. Given the failure of the British state to offer such an apology, it falls to the British public to begin this process.
We, the undersigned:
• Apologise for the crimes committed by the British against the continent and peoples of Africa during the pre-colonial, colonial, and post-colonial eras.
• Acknowledge the ongoing effects and legacies of colonialism, and see formal apology as only the first step towards a new relationship between Africa and Britain.
• Hope that this petition will help address the abject failure of Britain and its people to recognise the crimes of Empire and to accept appropriate responsibility for those crimes.
We acknowledge that no apology will ever be enough. This petition does not attempt to right the wrongs of the past (indeed, it could not), but is instead an expression of our moral obligations as conscientious human beings. We do not ask for forgiveness, but instead offer an independent expression of regret and sorrow. We wish that we could offer more, and will continue to work for an official and satisfactory apology from the British government.
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