May 10, 2013: International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition
France will commemorate the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition on May 10. It recalls that many people continue to be the victims of the slave trade and the worst forms of exploitation all over the world.
France is especially involved in the fight against these modern forms of slavery. It notably calls for the universal ratification of the Additional Protocol to the Palermo Convention which it signed in 2000 and ratified in 2002. This international agreement aims to prevent, suppress and punish human trafficking and to implement instruments aimed at combating these crimes.
France supports the global initiative to combat human trafficking which combines and coordinates the actions of international organizations as well as the United Nations global plan of action against trafficking launched in 2010 which established a fund to provide assistance to victims.
France is also a party to various International Labor Organization conventions on forced labor and to the International Convention on the Rights of the Child, one of the protocols of which relates to the trafficking of children.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is contributing to this commemoration by organizing several events to raise the awareness among civil society of the current relevance and universal nature of this scourge.
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