International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

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Every year on August 23, people around the world commemorate the slave trade and call for its abolition. This day serves to remind people of the horrible nature of the slave trade as well as the effects of the transatlantic slave trade.

This year’s topic is “Decolonization.” The United Nations has defined the fundamental right to self-determination as the cornerstone of decolonization, allowing for various means of decolonization in addition to independence. 

The goal of this International Day is to permanently etch the sorrow of the slave trade in everyone’s memories. It should provide a chance for everyone to think about the historical reasons, the solutions, and the effects of this tragedy as well as analyse the interactions that it has brought about between Africa, Europe, the Americas, and the Caribbean.

A revolt began on the island of Saint Domingue, which is now home to the Dominican Republic and Haiti, on the night of August 22 to 23, 1791. Saint Domingue was a French colonial outpost in the 18th century. The Haitian Revolution against the colonial powers, which was spearheaded by Blacks and persons of mixed races, was inspired by the insurrection in Saint Domingue.On August 23, the day is observed in light of this context. In 1998, it was initially remembered in Haiti and several other nations. In 1999, Gorée Island in Senegal also saw it.

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