UN / VICTIMS OF SLAVERY

26-Mar-2018 00:02:02
The United Nations (UN) Secretary-General today honoured those who suffered the Transatlantic slave trade, and pledged to “remain forever vigilant” to “lift all lives and fight against forced labour and other horrendous abuses that have no place in our world.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / VICTIMS OF SLAVERY
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DATELINE: 26 MARCH 2018, NEW YORK CITY
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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1. Exterior, United Nations Headquarters

26 March 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
3. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“On this International Day of Remembrance, let us pledge to remain forever vigilant and to use this opportunity to lift all lives and fight against forced labour and other horrendous abuses that have no place in our world. “
4. Med shot, podium
5. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Today we honour the memory of victims and survivors of the transatlantic slave trade by continuing our common struggle to ensure that all people live in dignity and justice.”
6. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
7. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The tragic mass human suffering must be recounted to younger generations through education that offers an accurate reflection of historical accounts, including the many acts of bravery and resistance carried out by slaves.”
8. Med shot, delegates
9. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Graciela Dixon, Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Panama:
“We have the right to enjoy and live in a free world. We have the right to enjoy and live where the full and final eradication of racism and discrimination in every form will no longer be just a wishful thought. We have that right just because we are humans.”
11. Med shot, delegates
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Graciela Dixon, Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Panama:
“We shall focus on our goals of freedom and equality. We shall not lose our track and we shall be consistent with the tasks already set forth to be accomplished in this international decade for people of African descent. Let us expand our minds and release our dreams to shape them into present and achievable realities.”
13. Wide shot, delegates
STORYLINE
The United Nations (UN) Secretary-General today (26 Mar) honoured those who suffered the Transatlantic slave trade, and pledged to “remain forever vigilant” to “lift all lives and fight against forced labour and other horrendous abuses that have no place in our world.”

Addressing the General Assembly, the UN Secretary-General António Guterres said “today we honour the memory of victims and survivors of the transatlantic slave trade by continuing our common struggle to ensure that all people live in dignity and justice.”

He also noted that “the tragic mass human suffering must be recounted to younger generations through education that offers an accurate reflection of historical accounts, including the many acts of bravery and resistance carried out by slaves.”

Recalling her family story as an African descent, Graciela Dixon, the former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Panama said “we have the right to enjoy and live in a free world. We have the right to enjoy and live where the full and final eradication of racism and discrimination in every form will no longer be just a wishful thought."

She added “we have that right just because we are humans.”

Dixon also said “we shall focus on our goals of freedom and equality. We shall not lose our track and we shall be consistent with the tasks already set forth to be accomplished in this international decade for people of African descent.”

She added “let us expand our minds and release our dreams to shape them into present and achievable realities.”

Every year on 25 March, the Day of Remembrance offers the opportunity to honour and remember those who suffered and died at the hands of the brutal slavery system, borne of the largest forced and legally sanctioned movement of people in human history.

This year’s theme is “Triumphs and Struggles for Freedom and Equality”, which celebrates the gains of people of African descent from slavery to the present. It also acknowledges the challenges that have been overcome in the movement towards freedom and equality.
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