March 25: International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
The International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade is observed every year on March 25.
Observance of the day honours and remembers those who suffered and died as a consequence of the transatlantic slave trade.
It also aims at raising awareness about the dangers of racism and prejudice Transatlantic slave trade which had taken place over the span 400 years is considered as the worst violation of human rights in history in which more than 15 million men, women and children were the victims
2017 theme: “Remember Slavery: Recognising the Legacy and Contributions of People of African Descent”. It seeks to draw attention to the consequences of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, especially the ways in which enslaved Africans and their descendants influenced and continue to shape societies across the world, including in the areas of culture and technology.
The International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade was instituted by United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) by adopting a resolution in 2007. It was first observed in 2008 with the theme “Breaking the Silence, Lest We Forget”. Since then it is observed annually.