New York March 26 – Qatar has confirmed that marking the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade across the Atlantic Ocean is an important opportunity to educate and remind the international community, and most importantly, to educate and remind young people about the importance of this day and those who have worked hard and continue to make great efforts to eliminate various forms of modern-day slavery around the world should be honored.
On this occasion, Acting Charge d’Affaires of the Permanent Mission of the State of Qatar to the United Nations and President of the Asia-Pacific Group Yousuf Sultan Laram said that about 17 million people were moved against their will from Africa to North, South and Central America during the period from the 16th century until the 19th century, adding that millions died while being transported to the American continent.
He also noted that the slave trade across the Atlantic Ocean had killed more than 15 million men, women and children, calling to honor those people who have shown great courage and moral conviction of the resistance and the struggle for justice. He said that about 2.5 million people were subjected to contemporary forms of slavery, including forced labor and sexual exploitation.
He explained that despite the injustice and tragedies of the past, “let us also take a moment to recognize forms of slavery that still exists in the world today and honor the victims of the slave trade across the Atlantic Ocean” through redoubling efforts to protect the rights and dignity of all persons and to dedicate greater commitment to eradicate today’s slavery-like practices, including human trafficking, intolerance, racial discrimination and forced labor in addition to all forms of injustice.
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