Marking 2004 as anti-slavery year, UNESCO urges renewed fight against racism

As the United Nations gears up to mark 2004 as the International Year to Commemorate the Struggle against Slavery and its Abolition, the head of the world body's cultural agency today called for a universal recommitment to combat all contemporary forms of the scourge.

Despite laws, slavery has still not been eliminated, Annan says

Despite numerous laws banning “this intolerable and unacceptable practice,” slavery has not yet been eradicated, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a message to mark the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery.

Fight contemporary slavery by eliminating root causes – UN official

Contemporary forms of slavery cannot be eliminated unless the international community goes beyond mere legal prohibitions to fighting its root causes such as poverty, gender discrimination and violence against women, according to the acting United Nations human rights chief.