General Assembly remembers past and present victims of slavery

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Ambassador Ken Kanda, Permanent Representative of Ghana to the United Nations. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

The millions of Africans who were brought to the New World in chains were remembered during a special meeting of the UN General Assembly on Monday.

Ghana's ambassador to the UN Ken Kanda said the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade provides an opportunity to solemnly reflect on man's inhumanity to man.

The ambassador spoke on behalf of General Assembly president Vuk Jeremić.

"While reflecting on this dark period of the history of subjugation, we also need to acknowledge that the unspeakable horror of slavery persists, albeit in different forms, in the 21st century. In honoring those people who worked for the emancipation of enslaved peoples, let us work to protect and promote human rights today. Forced labor and child labor, the trafficking of persons, the recruitment of child soldiers, the sexual exploitation of women, have all been identified by the United Nations as contemporary forms of slavery."

Ambassador Kanda said the General Assembly must play an active role to ensure slavery is ultimately eradicated once and for all time.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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