UN / SLAVERY AND THE TRANSATLANTIC SLAVE TRADE

25-Mar-2013 00:01:35
The United Nations today honoured the memory of an estimated 15 million innocent victims who suffered over four centuries as a result of the transatlantic slave trade, while highlighting the plight of millions more who still endure the brutality of modern slavery.
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DATELINE: 25 MARCH 2013, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

25 MARCH 2013, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, General Assembly
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General:
“The United Nations has many reasons to celebrate this day. Our Charter, at its core, opposes racism and upholds equality. Our activities throughout the world support these goals and we operate in many countries that still bear the scars of transatlantic slave trade.”
4. Wide shot, dais
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General:
“While we recall slavery’s horrors, we must also address the lingering consequences. While we remember the victims, we pledge to fight for equality, justice and peace. This is the most meaningful way to honour their memory.”
6. Med shot, dais
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Ken Kanda, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Ghana:
“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 honouring those people who worked for the emancipation of enslaved peoples, let us work to protect and promote human rights today.”
8. Various shots, musical performance by
STORYLINE
The United Nations today (25 March) honoured the memory of an estimated 15 million innocent victims who suffered over four centuries as a result of the transatlantic slave trade, while highlighting the plight of millions more who still endure the brutality of modern slavery.

Speaking at the commemoration of the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, held in the General Assembly Hall, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the United Nations Charter, “at its core, opposes racism and upholds equality.”

Ban said that “while we recall slavery’s horrors, we must also address the lingering consequences” and “while we remember the victims, we pledge to fight for equality, justice and peace.”

He added that this was “the most meaningful way to honour their memory.”

In his address, Ken Kanda, Ambassador of Ghana and General Assembly Vice President, noted that forced labour and child labour, 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.

He pointed out that “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.”

Over the course of the past week, this year’s commemoration – falling under the theme Forever Free: Celebrating Emancipation – paid tribute to the emancipation of slaves across the world through films, music, dance, poetry, exhibitions and literature.

In addition, original copies of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution, the two documents credited with ending slavery in the US, were placed on public display at UN Headquarters.
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