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International Day for Abolition of Slavery observed on 2 December

Dec 2, 2013 11:43 IST

DAY: 2 December:International Day for Abolition of Slavery

International Day for Abolition of Slavery was observed on 2 December 2013 across the world to create awareness about the prevention of human trafficking and the exploitation of human being.

The focus of this day is on eradicating contemporary forms of slavery, such as trafficking in persons, sexual exploitation, and the worst forms of child labour, forced marriage, and the forced recruitment of children for use in armed conflict.

The day marks the date of the adoption, by the General Assembly, of the United Nations Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others (resolution 317(IV) of 2 December 1949).

According to the UN data- 21 million women, men and children are trapped in slavery all over the world.

Global Initiatives to End slavery

• The International Labour Organization (ILO) has teamed up with prominent artists, athletes and advocates in its new campaign to End Slavery Now.
• In 2007 the UN marked the 200th Anniversary of the Abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade on 25 March.
• In 2008 the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade became an annual observance on 23 August.

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