International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

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International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
Observed by globally
Type International
Date 25 March
Next time 25 March 2018 (2018-03-25)
Frequency annual

International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade is a United Nations international observance designated in 2007 to be marked on 25 March every year. The day honours and remembers those who suffered and died as a consequence of the transatlantic slave trade, which has been called "the worst violation of human rights in history",[1] in which over 400 years more than 15 million men, women and children were the victims.[2]

History

It was first observed in 2008 with the theme "Breaking the Silence, Lest We Forget".[3] The theme of 2015 is "Women and Slavery".[2] The International Day also "aims at raising awareness about the dangers of racism and prejudice today".[2]

With 2015 marking the start of the UN's International Decade for People of African Descent, a permanent memorial has been unveiled at the UN headquarters in New York,[4] entitled "The Ark of Return"[5] and designed by Haitian-American architect Rodney Leon, who also designed the African Burial Ground National Monument.[6]

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