Describing slavery as one of the most appalling injustices in human history and the transatlantic slave trade as a vile human commerce, the UN Deputy Secretary-General urged people to reject and pursue the struggle against all forms of contemporary slavery.
The racism that prevails in today's societies and seen in "untold acts" of discrimination, bias and prejudice can be traced back to slavery, according to the UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson.
He made the remarks during an event on Tuesday marking the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.
For over 400 years, more than 15 million African men, women and children were forcibly removed from their families, villages and homelands and transported by boat across the Atlantic to be sold as slaves in one of the darkest chapters in human history.
The day is now used to honor persons who suffered and died at the hands of the brutal slavery system. It also aims at raising awareness about the dangers of racism and prejudice today. Roots"
Describing slavery as "one of the most appalling injustices in human history" and the transatlantic slave trade as a "vile human commerce", the UN Deputy Secretary-General urged people to reject and pursue the struggle against all forms of contemporary slavery.
Eliasson also recalled the "millions still living in servitude and slavery around the world.
//Cue in; "Forced labour, bonded labour
Cue out; worth of human person."//
This year, the day was commemorated under the theme; Celebrating the Heritage and Culture of the African Diaspora and its roots.
The theme draws attention to the rich African culture and traditions that have impacted life in countries that were involved in the slave trade and where the African Diaspora continues to make major contribution in all aspects of life. It also highlights the cultural linkages that exist among people of African descent throughout the world.