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We must never forget this dark chapter of human history: slavery

We must never forget this dark chapter of human history: slavery

Slavery

As the world marks the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade on March 25, the United Nations emphasizes the importance of remembering the horrible period of history.

“We must always remember the role played by many of our countries – including my own country of Portugal – in carrying out the largest forced migration in history and in robbing so many millions of people of their dignity and often also of their lives,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres told a General Assembly meeting.

He also acknowledged the re-emergence of slavery in the form of human trafficking and forced labour as the world is yet to overcome racism.

We must always remember the role played by many of our countries – including my own country of Portugal – in carrying out the largest forced migration in history and in robbing so many millions of people of their dignity and often also of their lives.

“Heeding the lessons of yesterday means fighting these ills today … The United Nations and I personally attach the greatest importance to the challenge of slavery, past and present,” he said while urging a united front for a world of freedom and dignity.

Ten years ago, the United Nations established the Remember Slavery Programme which embarks on education on history’s greatest tragedies and works to combat racism and prejudice.

The Programme’s theme for 2017 is “Remember Slavery: Recognizing the Legacy and Contributions of People of African Descent”.