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PHOTO FEATURE: The enduring legacy of the transatlantic slave trade

The transatlantic slave trade was the largest forced migration in history and undeniably one of the most inhumane. According to the United Nations, over a 400-year period, the forcible extraction of Africans from their motherland was unprecedented in the annals of recorded human history.

FEATURE: Cuba’s rich musical heritage rooted in African rhythm

For over 400 years, more than 15 million men, women and children were the victims of the tragic transatlantic slave trade – one of the darkest chapters in human history – commemorated by the United Nations every year on 25 March, the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

US removal of textbook with ‘distorted’ depiction of slavery from classrooms applauded by UN experts

A team of United Nations human rights experts is supporting a recent decision by a United States school district in Connecticut to remove offensive and inaccurate historical information about slavery from its classrooms.

“Poverty and lack of education” increases slavery

Lack of education and poverty pushes people into forced labour and slavery according to the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

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Forced labour is “like a virus” the head of ILO says

Forced labour is “like a virus” because of its capacity to mutate, the head of the International Labour Organization (ILO) has said.

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El Salvador: UN expert calls on Government to protect victims of contemporary slavery

A United Nations human rights expert today called on the Government of El Salvador to develop and implement a wide range of initiatives to protect the victims of contemporary forms of slavery, such as forced labour and domestic servitude.

On slavery remembrance day, UN chief shines a light on African diaspora's legacy

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today highlighted the African diaspora's contributions to society, including culture, medicine, science and spirituality, as the global community gathered to honour the millions of Africans forcibly exploited by slavery.

UN Gender Year in Review 2015

UN marks 15 years since landmark resolution on women, peace and security

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Jamaican Maroon story "had to be told"

The story of former African slaves who led a revolt over British rule in Jamaica “had to be told” according to the producer of a movie celebrating the historical event.

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We feel forgotten, say Yazidis battling sex slavery

Thousands of members of the Yazidi community, which the terrorist group ISIL regards as apostates, were captured and sold into slavery last year.

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