December 2 – International Day for the Abolition of Slavery


 December 2 – International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

There are 27 million slaves in the world today.

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery The United Nations (UN) are committed to fighting slavery and using to raise awareness on the subject.

Living in a modern society, it’s disturbing to think that slavery is still happening in other parts of our world.   So what are the reasons to abolish slavery?   No one should be treated unfairly to suit the advantages of others but slavery and capitalism go hand in hand.   Forced labour, awful forms of child labour, and human trafficking take place in poorer parts of the world.  It seems a million miles away from where we are but one million kids a year are pushed into acting as slaves, many for sexual exploitation.

So what are people doing to help turn things around?   The online and print media promote the day through news, debates and forums.  Flyers and newsletters are put up in public places like universities, where students will learn about the negative impact of slavery on people and society.

Public Life

The International Day for the Abolition of Slavery is an observance but not a public holiday.


The United Nations is committed to fighting against slavery and considers bonded labour, forced labour, the worst forms of child labour and trafficking people as modern forms of slavery. Some sources day that more than one million children are trafficked each year for cheap labour or sexual exploitation. These types of slavery are global problems and go against article four of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states that “no one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms”.

The International Day for the Abolition of Slavery recalls the adoption of the UN Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others (resolution 317(IV) of December 2, 1949). To remember the convention, a UN report of the Working Group on Slavery recommended in 1985 that December 2 be proclaimed the World Day for the Abolition of Slavery in all its forms. By 1995, the day was known as the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery.

On December 18, 2002, the UN General Assembly proclaimed 2004 the International Year to Commemorate the Struggle against Slavery and its Abolition. On November 28, 2006, the assembly designated March 25, 2007, as the International Day for the Commemoration of the 200th Anniversary of the Abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. The UN also annually observes the UN’s International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition on August 23.


The UN emblem is often found in online and print material used to promote events such as the United Nations’ International Day for the Abolition of Slavery. The emblem consists of a projection of the globe centered on the North Pole. It depicts all continents except Antarctica and four concentric circles representing degrees of latitude. The projection is surrounded by images of olive branches, representing peace. The emblem is often blue, although it is printed in white on a blue background on the UN flag.


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