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The International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade

The International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade under the theme “Forever free – Celebrating Emancipation”, was held on March 25th, 2013. This was the climax of a week-long of commemorative activities which included an NGO briefing, a global student videoconference, film Screening (Lincoln), a cultural and culinary evening and a concert graced by various celebrities, at which the UN Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon was a key note speaker. The guest speaker Prof Ali Mazrui, the distinguished Kenyan professor of history and political science at Binghamton University in New York. Professor Ali Mazrui, pointed out the existence of profound social and economic inequality, hatred, bigotry, racism and prejudice which represented forms of “modern day slavery,” usually directed at the poorest and most vulnerable social groups in society and reiterated the need for everybody to be involved in ending these social injustices in their respective communities.

Kenya is an active member of both the Permanent Memorial Committee and the Steering Committee on this issue. As such Kenya’s profile internationally and especially among Caribbean and Latin American countries has been enhanced tremendously because of its active participation in the activities relating to slavery which they hold dear.


To be a leader in pursuit of Kenya’s interests within the multilateral framework of the United Nations.


To project, promote and protect the interests and values of the Kenyan people through effective diplomatic engagement.

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