International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade is dedicated to all people who suffered from the slave trade. It is celebrated annually on March 25. The problem of slavery has been an acute one for centuries and even to this day. For this reason, a worldwide effort must be made to get rid of this vice of society once and for all!
The holiday originated in 2007, when a proposal to that effect was adopted by the UN General Assembly. Slavery is a vice of society that must be combated. People are not commodities that can be freely used, sold and disposed of at will. Human rights and freedoms are inviolable and no one has the right to infringe upon them or take them away.
The holiday draws the most attention to the transatlantic slave trade, which flourished for nearly four centuries. The number of Africans forcibly displaced to the American continent at the time was in the millions. Many died before the grueling work on the plantations – conditions on the ships were appalling. In small cages in the holds, people were literally lying on top of each other.
- During the 16th-19th centuries, some 18 million Africans were taken into slavery. Children born to slaves also became slaves when they reached a certain age.
- Anthony Johnson was one of the first slave owners to exploit slaves on his own tobacco plantations.
- Today India is considered the most slave-saturated country. It is generally estimated that about 70% of the total number of slaves (more than 10,000,000 people) are concentrated there.
How to celebrate
Learn more about slavery past and present. Find out what measures are being taken to solve the problem.
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When is International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade in 2024?
International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade is observed on March 25 each year.