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UNESCO commemorates International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition
The world community under the co-ordination of UNSECO celebrated the 23rd August as the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition.

"On this International Day, UNESCO invites everyone, including public authorities, civil society, historians, researchers and ordinary citizens, to mobilize in order to raise awareness about this history that we share and to oppose all forms of modern slavery," urged Audrey Azoulay, Director-General UNESCO in her message.

She reminded that the observance was an ideal opportunity to deepen reflection on the legacy of the history of slavery and to explore its memory for guarding against racial prejudices that had been developed to justify slavery and continued to fuel everyday racism and discrimination.

She asserted that trafficking and slavery had been recognized by the international community as crimes against humanity. Yet these scourges resurface at regular intervals in different ways and in different places, she regretted and stressed the need for better knowledge of the history of the slave trade and slavery is essential for a better understanding of the emergence of new forms of slavery, in order to prevent them.

According to UNESCO, the observance aims to recall the crucial importance of the transmission of history in order to shed light on the fight against all forms of oppression, racism, modern slavery and human trafficking in order to tread the path to peace and dignity.

The observance also helps to guard against racial prejudices that have been developed to justify slavery and continue to fuel everyday racism and discrimination against people of African descent, informs UNESCO's website.

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