ISLAMABAD: The United Nations’ (UN) International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition will be observed on August 23 to remind people of the tragedy of the transatlantic slave trade.
It gives people a chance to think about the historic causes, the methods and the consequences of slave trade.Each year the UN invites people all over the world, including educators,students and artists, to organize events that center on the theme of this day.
Theatre companies, cultural organizations, musicians and artists take part on this day by expressing their resistance against slavery through performances that involve music, dance and drama.
Educators promote the day by informing people about the historical events associated with slave trade, the consequences of slave trade, and to promote tolerance and human rights. Many organizations, including youth associations,government agencies, and non-governmental organizations, actively take part in the event to educate society about the negative consequences of slave trade.
International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition was first celebrated in many countries, in particular in Haiti, on August 23, 1998, and in Senegal on August 23, 1999.
Each year the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) reminds the international community about the importance of commemorating this day.
This date also pays tribute to those who worked hard to abolish slave trade and slavery throughout the world. This commitment and the actions used to fight against the system of slavery had an impact on the human rights movement.