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OAS Permanent Council Commemorated the Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Slavery

  March 23, 2018

OAS Permanent Council  Commemorated the Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Slavery
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The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) today held a special session to commemorate the “International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Slavery and the Trans-Atlantic slave trade,” within the framework of the Plan of Action for the Decade for Persons of Afro Descent in the Americas (2016-2025).

The session featured presentations by:

• The Member of the United States House of Representatives for the 5th District of New York, Representative Gregory W. Meeks

· The National Spokesperson for the Congress of Racial Equality, Niger Innis

• The Secretary of the District of Columbia, Lauren C. Vaughan

· Associate Profesor at Universidad Tecnológica del Chocó “Diego Luís Córdoba”, Sergio Antonio Mosquera

* Author and Harold Paul Green Research Professor of Law at George Washington University, Dr. Robert Cottrol
* Deputy Director of the Washington D.C. Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs (MOLA), Julio Guity-Guevara

The OAS Assistant Secretary General, Nestor Mendez, said that “we can never and should never forget the impact of slavery and the current plight of many persons of African descent in the Americas, we must also recognize the advances and triumphs that have been made in the pursuit of social inclusion and political and economic empowerment for all."

For his part, the Chair of the Permanent Council and Permanent Representative of Chile to the OAS, Ambassador Juan Anibal Barria, recalled that "equality and non-discrimination are two cornerstones of human rights" and added that "on the 70th anniversary of the proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, it must be recognized that, unfortunately, people of African descent continue to be a group whose human rights continue to be violated."

The session was part of the activities carried out by the Organization as part of the Inter-American Week for People of African Descent in the Americas.

Reference: FNE-93694