The ICHRRF stands for upholding the dignity of the victims of slavery, promoting fundamental freedoms and human rights, and raising awareness of the benefits of cooperation, compassion, and universal brotherhood. Recognizing the wrongs of human history and working together to advocate for public discourse and international policy that reinforces equal and just human rights and religious freedoms can ensure humane, safe, and equitable conditions for future generations.
During medieval history, from the 15th century through the 19th century, the Transatlantic Slave Trade spanned over 400 years. Millions of free African men, women and children were subjected to horrifying human rights violations at the hands of European, American, West African and Central African traders. Torn away from their families and homelands, up to 20% died due to inhumane conditions on slave ships crossing the Middle Passage across the Atlantic. Those who survived were sold at public auctions and were forced into servitude and slave labor. While those that trafficked these victims benefitted economically, the victims were forced to adapt to traumatic lifestyles and learn who they could trust and form alliances with to use their voices, stand up to their oppressors and secure their freedoms. Similarly, free people were captured by imperialistic and barbarian invaders and sold as slaves in the Middle East, Central Asia and South Asia region as well.
In commemoration of the memory of the victims of this unspeakable tragedy in human history, the UN General Assembly, in its resolution 62/122 of 17 December 2007, declared 25 March as the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade to be observed annually.
This year’s UN theme embraces the resiliency of those who fought against their oppressors and who succeeded against all odds to secure their freedom. On this Day of Remembrance, it is also key to raise awareness about the dangers of prejudice and racism.
Please join ICHRRF in raising awareness about the dangers of prejudice and racism and remembering the victims of slavery and the Slave Trade.