Slavery heritage reminds world all human beings are created equal

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Shackles used to bind slaves. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Overcoming slavery has made the world more aware that all human beings are created equal, according to the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Teaching about slavery, Irina Bokova says, helps to continue mobilizing against modern forms of slavery and trafficking in human beings.

23 August is the International Day of Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition.

The Day marks the first successful slave uprising in 1971 in the former French colony Saint-Dominique, now known as Haiti.

It also commemorates the year of the 210th anniversary of Haiti’s independence.

UNESCO’s Slave Route Project, which aims to accelerate research and raise awareness of the history of slavery and its' consequences, has also just turned 20.

A Permanent Memorial in honour of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade is being built at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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