UN calls on States to fight against discrimination against people of African descent

UN calls on States to fight against discrimination against people of African descent

Observing the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery, senior United Nations officials today reflected on past horrors, and warned that the world must also confront current and modern challenges posed by the many forms and manifestations of slavery. (…)

Mr. Eliasson said forced labour, bonded labour, child labour, human trafficking and forced prostitution are serious human rights violations “rooted in a glaring lack of respect and regard for fellow human beings,” advising that the global community’s battle cry must be “a life of dignity for all – enough is enough.”

The theme of this year’s commemoration is ‘Remember Slavery: Celebrating the Heritage and Culture of the African Diaspora and its Roots.’

Also speaking at the event, the President of the 70th session of the General Assembly, Mogens Lykketoft, said it is a timely theme “as it draws attention to the vibrant African culture and traditions that have enriched life in countries once involved in the slave trade and how the African Diaspora continues to enhance many aspects of daily life in countries around the world.” (…)
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