International Day for the Abolition of Slavery (International Day for the Abolition of Slavery), which is celebrated annually December 2, recalls the date of adoption by the General Assembly of the UN Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others.
An excerpt from the speech of the Secretary General:
«March 25, 2007 marked the two hundredth anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade in the British colonies. This landmark — a powerful reminder of the centuries of struggle and progress in combating slavery. It is also a fact that we are still not able to completely eliminate slavery.
Contemporary forms of slavery — from bonded labor to human trafficking — are flourishing as a result of discrimination, social exclusion and vulnerability, deepening poverty.
Today, we must continue the fight. I call on the states to ratify international instruments against slavery and to cooperate fully with all relevant international human rights mechanisms.
On this International Day, let us remember the lessons of history and will do everything to help the people languishing in slavery " .
In 1862 President Abraham Lincoln passed a law abolishing slavery throughout the United States.
In the global calendar, there are a number of commemorative days associated with this inhumane phenomenon — for example, Emancipation Day in Jamaica.