International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade


Date: March 25

Organized By: UN

Categories: General Knowledge, Day-Week-Year-Importance

Suggested For: Civil Services Exam, Bank Exams, MBA Exams, UPSC Exams, SSC Exams


Slavery


Background

Every year March 25 is observed as International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. This day is observed to honour and remember those who suffered and died as a consequence of the transatlantic slave trade, which has been called “the worst violation of human rights in history”. This day is also aims to raise awareness about the dangers of racism and prejudice today.

On December 17, 2007, the United Nations General Assembly designated March 25 as the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade was first observed in 2008.


Themes

2016: Remember Slavery: Celebrating the Heritage and Culture of the African Diaspora and its Roots

2015: Women and Slavery

2008: Breaking the Silence, Lest We Forget


Actions and Programs

There are many activities or programs conducted on this day to promote this observance and give awareness about the dangers of racism and prejudice, importance of human rights etc.

Programs on International Day of Remembrance of Slavery Victims and the Transatlantic Slave Trade includes art exhibitions, discussions, film presentations, meetings, etc. The programs are conducted at schools, colleges, universities, some companies, etc.


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