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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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Madagascar must combat poverty to eradicate slavery, UN independent expert urges

A United Nations independent expert today called on the Government of Madagascar to take “urgent measures” in its fight against poverty, adding that poverty was the driving factor in the island nation’s slavery epidemic.

Ahead of international day marking slavery’s abolition, UN officials warn of ‘new’ forms of bondage

The 21st century has seen the rise of new forms of slavery, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today in a message to mark the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, in which he also urged Member States to increase their efforts in the fight against the dehumanizing scourge.

Kazakhstan risks losing gains in slavery fight, warns UN human rights expert

A new law which complicates the process for labourers to acquire work permits in Kazakhstan risks reversing recent gains made by the Central Asian country in its fight against slavery, a United Nations human rights expert warned today.

On international day for remembrance, UNESCO chief calls for reflection on slavery

Marking the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today called for reflection on the transformation brought about by the slave trade to the world, and urged countries to protect their citizens against racism and forced labour.