Victims of Transatlantic slave trade rememberedListen /
"Victory over Slavery: Haiti and Beyond" is the theme for this year’s International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.
It pays tribute to the revolt by slaves in the French colony on the Island of Hispaniola which culminated in the abolition of slavery and establishment of the Republic of Haiti 210 years ago.
In his message to mark the day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon notes that this year also marks the 20th anniversary of the UNESCO Slave Route Project.
The project was launched by the UN cultural agency to break the silence surrounding the slave trade and its consequences.
Secretary-General Ban says "around the world millions of people are subject to human trafficking, debt bondage, sexual slavery and domestic servitude".
He points out that the perpetrators of these violations of human rights operate with impunity.
Mr. Ban expresses the hope that a Permanent Memorial to the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade to be erected at the United Nations will be a constant reminder of the courage of slaves, abolitionists and unsung heroes who helped end the oppression of slavery.
Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.