International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

FROM THE FIELD: Threatened Brazilian activist fights for slavery descendants' rights

A Brazilian activist who regularly receives threats of violence says he will continue fighting for the right of people of African descent to access land and property in the city of Rio de Janeiro.

Moving forward requires confronting slavery’s ‘racist legacy’: UN chief

In his message for the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, observed on Wednesday, the UN Secretary-General called for the dismantling of racist structures and institutions so that the world can move forward.

‘Uphold human dignity’, dismantle ‘specious notion of racial superiority’ urges UN chief

Raise awareness of the dangers of racism and “stand up against old and new forms of slavery” was the resounding message of United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday during a special event marking the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. 

Over 40 million people still victims of slavery

Slavery is still a very real and widespread phenomenon, affecting more than 40 million people worldwide, says the International Labour Organization (ILO), with children making up a quarter of the victims , despite the entry into force of the landmark Forced Labour protocol in 2016.

Education and self-esteem, key to empower descendants of slavery

Getting a good education and building self-esteem are vital to help people of African descent overcome the legacy of Transatlantic slavery.

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“Surprising” lack of awareness as world remembers slavery victims

The lack of awareness, in some parts of the world, of the international slave trade is “surprising”.

That’s the view of one professor, specializing in African anthropology and the history of the Atlantic slave trade.

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