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Today marks International Day for Abolition of Slavery

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Published on : 02 December 2018, 08:23 AM
Today marks International Day for Abolition of Slavery

Each year, on December 2, the world celebrates the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery. It evokes the date on which the UN General Assembly approved the Convention for the Suppression of Trafficking in Persons and Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others (Resolution 317 (IV), of December 2, 1949).

This agreement sought to eliminate human trafficking, sexual exploitation, child labor, forced marriage, children in armies, labor exploitation and forced recruitment.

According to UN figures, around 21 million people are victims of some form of slavery, especially forced labor. For example, in the entire African continent at least 3 million people are subjected to forced labor, in Mexico, Central America and South America, about 1 million 800 thousand people suffer from this form of deprivation.

With the initiative to eradicate this problem, the `50 for Freedom` campaign was launched in an attempt to ratify the forced labor before 2018. The 50 for Freedom is led by the International Labor Organization and its partners. Countries such as Chile, France, United Kingdom, Nigeria, Mali, Czech Republic, Norway and Estonia, have already signed this protocol.


The real legislative thrust against slavery began in the 19th century. In Brussels, an anti-slavery agreement was signed by 18 states in 1890. After the First World War, the International Convention on the Abolition of Slavery and the Slave Trade was highlighted at large.

The UN General Assembly proclaimed in article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 that "all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. In article 2, it proclaimed "Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty."

On December 2, 1949 the UN General Assembly approved an agreement against the repression of people and exploitation.This day is not only a title where we agree to help those who are robbed and enslaved, the international community raised its voice together to declare that the practices of slavery constitute an affront to our common humanity and that no human being should be the property of another.

Today, governments, civil society and the private sector should join forces to eradicate all contemporary forms of slavery. Fighting for human rights and dignity is a must.

Slavery has served as an argument for many centuries for a part of humanity to exploit and treat the rest as products. This denigrating treatment towards a part of the human race we see also reflected in all other forms of discrimination that occur because of sex, language, religion, etc.

To completely eradicate the last sign of abuse from the society is the main task on which we must embark all people who believe that there is only one race, the human race.

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