"Slavery is mutating and re-emerging in modern forms, including debt bondage, the sale of children, and the trafficking of women and girls for sex. Its roots lie in ignorance, intolerance and greed. We must create a climate in which such abuse and cruelty are inconceivable. One way is by remembering the past and honouring the victims of the transatlantic slave trade."
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Message on the International Day of Remembrance
of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade 2010
The International Day of Remembrance of Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade for 2010 is being observed under the theme “Expressing Our Freedom Through Culture”.
This theme highlights the centrality of cultural heritage, passed down from generation to generation, as a medium for expressing and nurturing identity during the days of slavery, and ultimately for celebrating freedom from it after 400 years of relentless struggle to break free.
The event is held annually pursuant to General Assembly resolution A/RES/62/122 of 17 December 2007, which called, inter alia, for 25 March to be designated as International Day of Remembrance of Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.
The resolution requested the Secretary-General, in collaboration with UNESCO, to establish an educational outreach programme to mobilize educational institutions, civil society and other organizations to inculcate in future generations the “causes, consequences and lessons of the transatlantic slave trade, and to communicate the dangers of racism and prejudice”.