|International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade|
|Next time||25 March 2023|
The day honours 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.
It was first observed in 2008 with the theme "Breaking the Silence, Lest We Forget". The theme of 2015 was "Women and Slavery". The International Day also "aims at raising awareness about the dangers of racism and prejudice today".
With 2015 marking the start of the UN's International Decade for People of African Descent, a permanent memorial was unveiled at the UN headquarters in New York, entitled "The Ark of Return" and designed by Haitian-American architect Rodney Leon, who also designed the African Burial Ground National Monument.
- History of slavery
- International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition
- United Nations Slavery Memorial
- " International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade " Archived 2015-09-24 at the Wayback Machine at International Coalition of Sites of Conscience.
- "International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade 25 March", United Nations.
- "International Day of Remembrance of Slavery Victims and the Transatlantic Slave Trade", timeanddate.com.
- "Unveiling of the Permanent Memorial to Honour the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade at the United Nations", UNESCO, 26 March 2015.
- "The Ark of Return: Lest We Forget", YouTube.
- Robert Bernstein, "The Arc of Return: The UN Unveils 'The Permanent Memorial to Honour the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade'", Island Voice, 1 April 2015.