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International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade: 23 August

The International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition is observed across the world every year on 23 August.
International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade: 23 August

Significance and history of this day:

  • The day is designated by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to memorialize the transatlantic slave trade.
  • Observance of this day marks the anniversary of 1791 insurrection of enslaved men and women in western part of the island of Santo Domingo, which is now known as Haiti. 
  • These men and women torn from Africa and sold into slavery, had revolted against the slave system.
  • This Haitian Revolution had led to their freedom and independence in 1804.
  • This uprising was a turning point in human history.

A look at the history of this day:

  • The International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition was proclaimed by UNESCO Executive Board by adopting resolution 29 C/40 by its General Conference at its 29th session.
  • The Day was first celebrated in a number of countries, particularly in Haiti in 1998 and in Senegal in 1999.

Question:

Q. Which International Day is observed across the world every year on 23 August?
a. Remembrance of the Arms Trade and Its Abolition
b. Remembrance of the Animal Trade and Its Abolition
c. Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition
d. None of the above
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