Every year on 25 March, the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade offers the opportunity to honor and remember those who suffered and died at the hands of the brutal slavery system. The International Day also aims to raise awareness about the dangers of racism and prejudice today.
The day honors and remembers those who suffered and died as a consequence of the transatlantic slave trade, which has been called "the worst violation of human rights in history", in which over 400 years more than 15 million men, women and children were the victims.
The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) had marked 25 March as the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.
It was first observed in 2008 with the theme "Breaking the Silence, Lest We Forget". Since then it is commemorated every year.
"Let us celebrate the gains of people of #AfricanDescent.— United Nations (@UN) March 25, 2018
And let us press, every day & everywhere, to defend the dignity of every human being."
-- @antonioguterres on Sunday's #RememberSlavery Day. https://t.co/8gUU2AdDJS pic.twitter.com/7EqnrKRcSB