El gobierno jamaiquino busca salvaguardar el legado rastafari


Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia “Babsy” Grange, says the Government is committed to safeguarding the legacies of the Rastafarian Movement and others, under the canon of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, to which Jamaica is a signatory.

“We want to ensure that the Rastafarian community and Jamaicans recognise the tangible and intangible heritage associated with Rasta, the Rasta Faith and Rasta Livity. Communities like the Maroons and Rastafari, cultures which evolved from the Jamaican experience, are to be encouraged to promote their celebration and to take it to the world,” said the Minister.

She was speaking at a reception for His Imperial Highness, Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie, at the Montego Bay Cultural Centre, on  April 24. This was one of several  events commemorating the 50th anniversary of the visit of his late grandfather, His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Haile Selassie, to the island in April 1966.

“I wish to reiterate this Government’s commitment to review the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. We were one of the first to sign, endorsing that Treaty. We will ensure that the recognition and benefits to be derived from this designation will rightly be enjoyed by all,” the Minister said.

She commended the Prince for continuing to carry his grandfather’s vision and philosophy.

“We are heartened by his love and support for the Jamaican people, so on their behalf, I wish to thank him and (his wife), Princess Saba Kebede and the other members of his delegation …for sharing their special time with us,” the Minister said.

In response, Prince Sahle-Selassie said since his arrival on April 21, he has experienced an amazing outpouring of love from the Jamaican people and especially the Rastafarian community.

Following his tour of the National Museum West, in Montego Bay, the Prince declared that it was a learning experience and one which was “hard to process,” as it strongly exposed the atrocities of slavery.

However, he cited the bravery of National Hero, Samuel Sharpe, who fought for the abolition of slavery.

The Prince’s visit comes to an end on Saturday, April 30, with his departure from the Sangster International Airport, after spending some private time in the tourist resort.

Publicado en Jamaica Information Service
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