International Day of Remembrance of Victims of Slavery

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The fifth International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade is being celebrated on Sunday.

This year's theme honours heroes, resisters and survivors of the slave trade and those who stand up now to protect against its manifestations.

Julie Walker reports.

Historians estimate 28 million Africans were violently removed and cast into slavery, mainly in colonies in North America, South America and the West Indies.

In 2007, the UN General Assembly designated the 25th of March as the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

The UN is hosting a series of events not just in New York, but around the world, to pay tribute to the men and women who fought against the transatlantic slave trade and those who continue to stand up against modern forms of slavery.

The remembrance also serves as an opportunity to teach about the causes and consequences of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.

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