Confront your colonial past, Council of Europe tells Portugal

Portugal’s colonial era, which saw countries including Angola, Mozambique, Brazil, Cape Verde, East Timor as well as parts of India subjected to Portuguese rule, is often perceived as a source of pride.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Europe’s top human rights group said on Wednesday, March 24th, that Portugal must do more to confront its colonial past and role in the transatlantic slave trade in order to help fight racism and discrimination in the country today.

The comments by the Council of Europe come as debate in Portugal over how to remember its history heated up in recent months as the country prepares to unveil its first memorial to victims of slavery, in Lisbon.

The memorial - rows of palm trees painted in black - was designed by Angolan artist Kiluanji Kia Henda and . . .

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