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International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition
By admin August 23, 2016

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Today marks International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition to commemorate those who fought for freedom and to never forget the battle they fought to ensure dignity for all.

In the night of 22 to 23 August 1791, men and women, torn from Africa and sold into slavery, revolted against the slave system to obtain freedom and independence for Haiti, gained in 1804. The uprising began in Santo Domingo (today Haiti and the Dominican Republic) that would have a major effect on abolishing the transatlantic slave trade. The slave rebellion in the area weakened the Caribbean colonial system, sparking an uprising that led to abolishing slavery and giving the island its independence. It marked the beginning of the destruction of the slavery system, the slave trade and colonialism. The uprising was a turning point in human history, greatly impacting the establishment of universal human rights, for which we are all indebted. The success of this rebellion against racism, racial discrimination, servitude and social injustice is a deep source of inspiration today.

In order to build a better world through enhancing the knowledge of historical events, UNESCO launched a project called The Slave Route. This project is aimed at contributing to a better understanding of the causes, forms of operation, stakes and consequences of slavery in the world; highlighting the global transformations and cultural interactions that have resulted from this history; and contributing to a culture of peace by promoting reflection on cultural pluralism, intercultural dialogue and the construction of new identities and citizenships. The project continues its action to encourage new research in neglected regions and has completed great achievements in recent years. Under this project, August 23 is marked as International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, and several other awareness day were also created, such International Year to commemorate the Struggle against Slavery and its Abolition, proclaimed in 2004, and International Year for People of African Descent, proclaimed in 2011. It also created the first international network of managers of sites and itineraries of memory related to the slave trade and slavery, and established a label “Sites of memory associated with the project The Slave Route”.

Besides The Slave Route project, UN General Assembly also proclaimed the International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024) to promote justice and enhance development in Africa. Under the theme “Recognition, Justice and Development”, the Decade provides an operational framework to encourage States to eradicate social injustices inherited from history and to fight against racism, prejudice and racial discrimination to which people of African descent are still subjected.

For more information:

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

The Slave Route

International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024)

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

Dr. Matlou: The UN Decade of People of African Descent 2015-2024: Will Africa utilize or fritter?

 


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