The International Day of Abolition of Slavery by Nelson Mandela

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The white ruler of South Africa initiated the apartheid system – an inhuman system falling short of human rights. After 27 years of imprisonment, we achieved freedom from the chains of apartheid. Now, human rights in South Africa are much better, but there is a long walk to absolute freedom for my people. The Human Rights Declaration is a witness of this statement.

The abolition of slavery in African countries has a long history. In the transatlantic slave trade, millions of enslaved people were transported, causing devastating effects on families. We honour these men and women who gave their lives for freedom and the abolition of slavery.

Modern slavery we can see in all parts of your society. Sexual exploitation, trafficking, child labour, children recruited for armed conflicts, and children’s work in industry violate human rights.

The SDGs – the sustainable development goals of the United Nations are for you to attain. Then you free people enslaved in your modern society by hunger and poverty. There is no equality in your world before all children who live in extreme poverty are freed and granted access to the wealthy world where they can have healthy food, security, education and livelihood – their human rights.

God bless you all.

The International Day of Abolition of Slavery, 2 December – United Nations

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