10.05.2011 -

Commemorating The Slave Trade and Slavery as a Crime against Humanity

May 10 marks in France the National Day of memory of the slave trade, slavery and their abolition. Its celebration this year 2011 coincides with the 10th anniversary of the Taubira Law aimed at recognizing slave trade and slavery as a crime against humanity.

UNESCO through its Slave Route project supports this important national manifestation to give it a particular echo in this year's 10th anniversary of the Durban Declaration and its Programme of Action, acknowledging that "slavery and the slave trade are a crime against humanity". This also helps in highlighting the objectives of this year 2011, declared by the United Nations as "International Year for People of African Descent."

Throughout France, a series of meetings, seminars, symposia, panel discussion, exhibitions and other scientific gathering are held, with the participation of international experts.

This will help assessing progress achieved since the passing of this Law and also analyse future challenges ahead, including management of the history and socio-cultural heritages associated with this tragedy and their effective integration into the educational policies.

This debate also open on the necessity for the integration at other regional and national legislation.

The debate thus generated also poses the necessity for integration in other regions and countries, legislation recognizing slavery and the slave trade as a crime against humanity.

Some landmark events on this occasion:




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