International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition_23rd August 2018

Slave Trade Abolition_United Nations

© UN Photo / Rick Bajornas – The Ark of Return, Permanent Memorial to honour the victims of slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

The date 23 August marks the anniversary of the 1791 insurrection of enslaved men and women in the western part of the island of Santo Domingo, which, on proclaiming its independence reverted to its original Amerindian name: Haiti. The uprising conveyed a universal demand for freedom that transcends all limits of time and space. It speaks to humanity as a whole, without distinction of origin or religion, and continues to resonate now with undiminished force.


   Ignorance is our enemy: it is used as an alibi by the indifferent who state that “we cannot change anything”, and sanctions the lies of those who claim that “they did not know”. .  

Irina Bokova
UNESCO Director-Genera

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