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In racism we find slavery still among us - Guterres

Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary General speaks on Slave Trade Abolition

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August 23, 2020 - As the World Commemorates the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres says the World is yet to rid itself of the shadows of the brutal slave trade era.

Guterres wrote on twitter that it was appalling that the world was still bound in the shackles of slavery through racisms.

He stressed that the only way humanity can mover forward and away from the shadows of slavery ws by confronting the racist legacy of slavery together.

“The slave trade is one of history’s most appalling manifestations of human brutality. Sadly, we continue to live it its shadow. We can only move forward by confronting the racist legacy of slavery together,” he wrote.

According to UNESCO, the International Day is intended to inscribe the tragedy of the slave trade in the memory of all peoples.

In accordance with the goals of the intercultural project "The Slave Route", it should offer an opportunity for collective consideration of the historic causes, the methods and the consequences of this tragedy, and for an analysis of the interactions to which it has given rise between Africa, Europe, the Americas and the Caribbean.

The night of 22 to 23 August 1791, in Santo Domingo (today Haiti and the Dominican Republic) saw the beginning of the uprising that would play a crucial role in the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade.

It is against this background that the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition is commemorated on 23 August each year.

To commemorate the day, Member States are enjoined to organize events every year on that date, involving the entire population of their country and in particular young people, educators, artists and intellectuals.

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