25 March: International day of Remembrance of the victims of Transatlantic Slave Trade
The International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade was observed globally on 25 March 2018 with the theme 'Remember Slavery: Triumphs and Struggles for Freedom and Equality'.
The theme celebrates the freedom of African descent people from slavery. It also acknowledges the challenges faced by the people in the movement towards freedom and equality.
The Day was proclaimed by UN General Assembly through a resolution on 17 December 2007 to commemorate the struggles and challenges faced by the victims of slave trade.
The Remember Slavery Programme
• The United Nations General Assembly in 2007 established the Remember Slavery Programme through its resolution 62/122 to honour the memory of the victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade.
• The Programme is managed by the Education Outreach Section of the Department of Public Information's Outreach Division.
• The Programme organizes educational activities throughout the year such as roundtable discussions, film screenings, exhibition, tours of the Permanent Memorial, The Ark of Return to raise awareness of the dangers of racism and prejudice.
History of Slave Trade
• The transatlantic slave trade was the largest forced migration in history and the greatest movement of the African captives was to America.
• Almost 96 percent of the enslaved Africans arrived in cramped ships at ports in South America and the Caribbean Islands.
• The transatlantic slave trade was one of the darkest chapters in history and more than 15 million men, women and children became victim to it.
• The result of this migration is visible even today with a large population of Africans still living in America.
What: Observed globally