International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
THE International Day for the Abolition of Slavery observed on December 2 each year serves as reminder to people everywhere to reaffirm the inherent dignity of all men, women, and children, and to endorse the commitment to abolish slavery from every nation and ensure that the rights and pride of people everywhere are respected.
Sixty years ago, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights stated in Article 4 that "no one should be held in slavery or servitude, and that the slave trade should be prohibited in all forms.'' In a real sense, slavery is the first international human rights issue to come before the public eye.
But despite centuries of struggle, slavery has not been completely eradicated in the world, with many forms of slavery persisting, including forced labor, child labor, and slavery for ritual or religious purposes. Millions worldwide suffer in silence in slave-like situations from which they cannot free themselves. …