International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery

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The International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade is observed every year on March 25 across the world . Observance of this day honours and remembers those who suffered and died as consequence of transatlantic slave trade.

  • The day is observed to remember and honour the victims of brutal slavery system. A memorial has been built at United Nations Headquarters to honours the victims permanently. 
  • The day also aims at creating awareness about the danger of slavery, prejudice and racism.
  • It was first observed in 2008 with the theme “Breaking the Silence, Lest We Forget” to honor the lives of those who died as a result of slavery or experienced the horrors of the transatlantic slave trade. It is also an occasion to raise awareness about the dangers of racism and prejudice.
  • Since then it is commemorated every year.
  • About 17 million people were transported against their will from Africa to North, Central and South America during the 16th century and up until the 19th century.
  • Millions more died while being transported to the Americas. This mass deportation and resulting slavery are seen as one of the worst violations of human rights.