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Ark of Return: UN erects memorial to victims of transatlantic slave trade

The bravery of millions of victims of the transatlantic slave trade, who suffered unspeakable injustice and finally rose up to end the oppressive practice, was permanently enshrined today as the United Nations unveiled a memorial at its New York headquarters, on the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Entitled the Ark of Return, and designed by American architect Rodney Leon, of Haitian descent, the memorial aims to underscore the tragic legacy of the slave trade, which for over four centuries abused and robbed 15 million Africans of their human rights and dignity, and to inspire the world in the battle against modern forms of slavery, such as forced labour and human trafficking.

UN unveils permanent memorial to victims of transatlantic slave trade

United Nations officials today welcomed the unveiling at the world body’s New York Headquarters of a permanent memorial to the victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade which they acknowledged was one of the most horrific tragedies of modern history.

Architect shares inside look of slavery memorial

A permanent memorial to honour the victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade will help teach present and future generations about, what the UN has called, “one of the darkest chapters in human history”.

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UN marks Day of Remembrance with calls to end modern slavery

As the international community gathers to commemorate the millions of victims exploited by slavery and the transatlantic slave trade, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today warned that the insidious practice of forced bondage continued to reverberate around the world in various forms – from forced labour and trafficking to sexual exploitation and captivity in slavery-like conditions.

UN rights expert urges Belgium to boost fight against modern slavery

Despite its comprehensive approach to tackling modern forms of slavery, the Government of Belgium must further sharpen its focus on proper victim detection and identification, a United Nations independent expert declared today.

On Day to Abolish Slavery, UN urges end to modern-day scourge trapping 21 million

Today, 21 million women, men and children worldwide are trapped in slavery, denied the right to live and ultimately work in freedom, dignity and equality, the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) has spotlighted on this International Day for the Abolition of Slavery.

Modern slavery proving hard to tackle in Niger

Modern-day forms of slavery are widespread in Niger according to a top UN human rights investigator who warns that young boys are being exploited and young girls trafficked to Nigeria.

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Film helps spotlight dangers of racism and prejudice

A film which is helping to raise awareness about the dangers of racism and prejudice has been shown as part of the commemoration for the UN's International Day of Remembra

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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.