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23 August: International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade & its Abolition

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade & its Abolition Observed on 23rd August: Details, Aim, Purpose, History 

The International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition was observed across the world every year on 23 August. The day designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to memorialize the transatlantic slave trade.

The International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition marks the anniversary of 1791 insurrection of enslaved men and women in the western part of the island of Santo Domingo, which is now known as Haiti.

These men and women torn from Africa and sold into slavery had revolted against the slave system. This Haitian Revolution had led to their freedom and independence in 1804. This Haitian Revolution had led to their freedom and independence in 1804. This uprising was the turning point in human history.

The International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition was first proclaimed by UNESCO Executive Board by adopting resolution 29 C/40 by its General Conference at its 29th session. The Day was first celebrated in a number of countries, particularly in Haiti on in 1998 and in Senegal in 1999.


 

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