02.12.2011 - Culture Sector

2 December, International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

« No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.” (Article 4 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

December 2, International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, reminds us that the fight against slavery is necessary today for the eradication of its differents manifestations still existing today.

Indeed, this ancien phenomenon has envolved throughout history and has taken different forms over the time.

Today, millions of people are still victims of Slavery, through trafficking in persons, sexual exploitation, the worst forms of child labour, forced marriage, servitude for debt, and the forced recruitment of children for use in armed conflict.

“To eradicate contemporary forms of slavery, we need new strategies and measures that can unite all actors. While Governments bear the primary responsibility, the private sector has an integral role to play”, said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on the occasion of the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, 2 December 2011.




More information:

The United Nations and the Fight against Human Trafficking


Regional Organizations Involvement

  • European Union
  • African Union: Operationalizing the Ouagadougou Action Plan to Combat Trafficking In Human Beings Especially Women and Children





Civil Society and the Fight against Human Trafficking 



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