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

What Do People Do?

Each year the United Nations invites people all over the world to organize events that center on the theme of this day. Theatre companies, cultural organizations, musicians, and artists take part on this day by expressing their resistance against slavery through performances that involve music, dance, and drama.

Educators promote the day by informing people about the historical events connected to the slave trade and its consequences. They promote tolerance and human rights. Many organizations, including youth associations, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations, actively take part in the event to educate society about the negative consequences of slave trade.

Background

In late August 1791, an uprising began in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The uprising had a major effect on stopping the transatlantic slave trade. The slave rebellion also contributed to giving the island its independence. It marked the beginning of the destruction of the slavery system, the slave trade and colonialism.

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition was first celebrated in many countries, in particular in Haiti, on August 23, 1998, and in Senegal on August 23, 1999. Each year the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) reminds the international community about the importance of paying tribute to those who worked hard to abolish the slave trade and slavery throughout the world. This commitment and the actions used to fight against the system of slavery had an impact on the human rights movement.


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