Sunday, March 25, 2007

The Abolitionist Spirit - Understand-Redress-Eradicate


from www.antislavery.org

Sunday 25 March 2007 marks 200 years since Britain abolished the Transatlantic Slave Trade. At least 12 million people are in slavery today. Seize the abolitionist spirit:
Tens of thousands of ordinary people signed petitions as part of the campaign to abolish the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Today slavery affects millions of people around the world. By signing the Declaration you can be part of a new mass movement for change. We are collecting signatures to show support for the fight for freedom campaign.
I pledge to join the fight for freedom, to commemorate the Transatlantic Slave Trade and its abolition, address its legacies, and work for the eradication of all forms of slavery today, which affect at least 12 million people around the world.

As of today, 18543 have signed the Fight for Freedom Declaration

The Declaration in full:
I call for measures that will enable individuals, governments and the wider public to:

Understand the Transatlantic Slave Trade
Measures should be taken to ensure a greater understanding of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, its abolition and the impact it has had on three continents. These should include: making it a requirement to teach the Transatlantic Slave Trade in schools as a component of the National Curriculum; the establishment of an annual national slavery memorial day; and other commemorative activities.

Redress its legacies
Governments of countries which profited from the slave trade should support projects which target those countries and communities most affected by its legacies.

Eradicate modern slavery
Governments must prioritise action to eradicate all contemporary forms of slavery. Such action should include:
*Working for universal ratification and full implementation of international standards which prohibit slavery.

*Strengthening international mechanisms to investigate, report and resolve instances of contemporary forms of slavery around the world.

*Recognising the close connection between contemporary forms of slavery, poverty and discrimination and ensuring that slavery issues are addressed in national and international poverty reduction strategies and programmes through the widest possible co-operation with statutory and voluntary agencies.

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