International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade Date in the current year: March 25, 2017

International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade is one of the UN international days, that is annually observed on March 25. This observance was created in 2007 and it's first celebration took place in 2008.

Slavery and transatlantic slave trade is one of the darkest chapters in the history of humanity. Transatlantic slave trade lasted for over 400 years, and during this time over 15 million men, women and children were deported from their native lands and sold as labor force to three continents.

March 25 was assigned the date of the observation, since it's the anniversary of slavery abolition. The British Parliament passed the Slave Trade Pact on March 25, 1807, that made slave trade illegal throughout the British Empire. The United Kingdom became the first country to abolish slave trade.

The UN General Assembly declared March 25 to be an international day of celebration of the 200th anniversary of the transatlantic slave trade abolition and established the corresponding Day of Remembrance in 2007.

Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery aims to give opportunity to think about suffering of slaves and promote global awareness of young people about the dangers of prejudice and racism.

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