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UN officials urge concerted action to eradicate modern forms of slavery

Top United Nations officials marked the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery today with a call for concerted action to eradicate the contemporary forms of this heinous practice.

‘Ark of Return’: Telling the stories of 15 million slaves in a UN permanent memorial

A Manhattan-based architect of Haitian descent was today announced as the winner of an international competition to design a memorial that will be permanently on display at United Nations Headquarters in New York to honour victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade.

On International Day, UNESCO urges greater efforts to raise awareness about history of slave trade

Marking the anniversary of the first successful slave uprising in the Western hemisphere, the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said today that telling the story of the slave trade was a crucial way to pay tribute to the freedom fighters and “honour their contributions to the affirmation of human rights.”

A concert celebrating emancipation

A concert was held in the General Assembly Hall on Friday, 22 March, to observe the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

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Slavery decimated and desecrated Africa says David Hinds from the band Steel Pulse

“Love and justice through music,” says David Hinds, lead singer and rhythm guitarist for the band Steel Pulse.

The band has been promoting awareness about Africa for more than 35 years and says the continent’s well-being has always been something held very close to heart.

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“Freedom means the ability to manifest all of whom you are at any given moment” says Somi

“I love to celebrate freedom in whatever context”, says Somi, an American singer/songwriter of Rwandan and Ugandan descent. Somi is performing at a concert on Friday, 22 March at the General Assembly Hall to celebrate “Forever Free: Celebrating Emancipation”.

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Two US professors envision emancipation

A new book is shedding light on the lives of African Americans in the period following emancipation from slavery in 1863.

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The role of France in the Transatlantic slave trade

Forever Free: Celebrating Emancipation is the theme of this year’s Commemoration of the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade at the United Nations.

France was one of the countries actively involved in the trade.

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Youth speak out on slavery

Forever Free:Celebrating Emancipation is the 2013 theme of the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

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Celebrating emancipation – 25 March

25 March is observed as the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

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