International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition ( International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition ) is celebrated worldwide annually on August 23.
This date was set in 1998 on the recommendation of the 150th session of the UNESCO Executive Board on the day of the uprising of the slaves of San Domingo and Haiti in 1791, which marked the beginning of the process of eliminating the slavery system. UNESCO invites all UN member states to participate in commemorative events.
At the beginning of the third millennium, Ohio authorities timed to coincide with the Day of Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Elimination the opening of the Museum of the History of Slavery. On August 23, 2007, the International Museum of Slavery opened in Liverpool, which is dedicated mainly to the transatlantic slave trade. On the island of Gori off the coast of Senegal, which was the main transit point for slave traders, a ceremony is held annually in memory of the victims of the slave trade.
Slavery is an unprecedented tragedy and one of the darkest pages of human history. On this international date, the world community recalls not only the historical events of 1791, but also pays tribute to all those who contributed to the start of the process of destruction of the slave trade and slavery throughout the world.
Despite the fact that slavery has been abolished and condemned at the international level, it still exists in new forms and today affects millions of people around the world. According to the UN, every year the victims of deception and violence are mainly women and children, they are turned into « live goods » and exploited. And the annual income from human trafficking is $ 150 billion. – is the world's largest source of illegal profit.
« The new slave trade » has become one of the most acute and widespread problems of our time.
Some countries celebrate their holidays — days of liberation from slavery. For example, Jamaica celebrates Emancipation Day on August 1.