The slave trade is not merely a thing of the past: it's our history: BokovaListen /
The slave trade reduced millions of human beings to mere chattels and was a crime of universal scope that shook the very foundations of civilization, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova said in a message on the occasion of the International Day of the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition.
She stressed that the significance and implications of this history must be known to all and must be taught in and outside schools, through the media and in the public arena.
The UNESCO Director-General said the slave trade is not merely a thing of the past: it is our history and it has shaped the face of many modern societies, creating indissoluble ties between peoples and continents, and irreversibly transforming the destiny, economy and culture of nations.
Ms. Bokova stressed that studying this history is tantamount to paying tribute to freedom fighters and to acknowledge their unique contributions to the affirmation of universal human rights.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.