|International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition|
|23 August 2013 — In August of 1791, slaves in the French colony of Saint Domingue (present-day Haiti) launched an uprising that would lead to the Haitian Revolution and Haitian independence, play a crucial role in the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade and help promote the cause of human rights.
The slave trade was the biggest deportation in history. From the 16th through the 19th century, it wrenched millions of people from their homes, including an estimated 17 million Africans brought to the New World and sold as slaves. Studying the extent and consequences of this tragic history includes paying tribute to slaves’ struggles for dignity and freedom, acknowledging their contributions to the affirmation of universal human rights and recognising the wealth of cultural traditions that African peoples have forged in the face of adversity.
In 1998, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) designated 23 August as an annual Day to inscribe the tragedy of the slave trade in the memory of all peoples. UNESCO invites all of its member states and people around the world to remember this history and continue struggles for freedom, against racial prejudice inherited from the past and against contemporary forms of slavery that affect an estimated 21 million people.
<class=”bodysm”>Study Guide on Slavery and Forced Labour
Breaking the Silence: Learning About the Translantic Slave Trade (Anti-Slavery International)
Freedom From Slavery (Amnesty International-USA)
Anti-Slavery Fact Sheets (Anti-Slavery International)
International and regional documents on slavery, the slave trade and modern day slavery:
Slavery Convention (1927)
Slave Route Project (UNESCO)