Political, economic and structural power imbalances that were rooted in colonial rule, enslavement and exploitation, continue today to deny equality of opportunity and justice.
¨There is much that we know about the transatlantic trade in enslaved Africans and this is a day to remember such a crime against humanity: the unprecedented mass human trafficking, degrading economic transactions and unspeakable violations of human rights, Mr. Guterres said.
But, added the UN chief, there is also much that we do not know, and today is a day we learn: behind the facts and figures, he reminded that there are millions of human stories. Stories of untold suffering and pain, of families and communities ripped apart but also stories of awe-inspiring courage and defiance against the cruelty of oppressors.
“Let’s stand in solidarity, united against these inequalities,” he said. “This dark chapter should never be whitewashed”.