International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

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International Day for the Abolition of Slavery


IN reaffirmation of the inherent dignity of all men, women, and children, International Day for the Abolition of Slavery is celebrated on December 2. The day calls for redoubling the efforts of nations so that the words of the Universal Declaration of Right - "No one shall be held in slavery or servitude" - shall ring true to safeguard the vulnerable, to punish the traffickers, to care for the victims, and to prevent future trafficking.

For many people, slavery ended in 1865. The image that comes to mind when they hear slavery is that of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, of buying and selling people, their shipment from one continent to another, and the abolition of the trade in the 1800's. It is something we think of as past history rather than a present issue. Yet even today, there are examples of slavery in the world. Millions of men, women, and children are forced to lead lives as slaves, and even if the conditions are not the same, people are still sold like objects and forced to work for little or no pay. …

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