Anti-slavery campaign to commemorate abolition of transatlantic trade

By staff writers
January 18, 2007

Christians have been urged to back a new anti-slavery campaign running throughout 2007, as millions around the world still wait to be set free.

The 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade in the UK is to be marked with a series of events raising awareness of the ongoing fight against slavery around the world.

A long and arduous campaign against the slave trade in British colonies, famously led by William Wilberforce, resulted in the abolition bill in 1807, a turning point in UK history.

Yet figures released by Anti-Slavery International claim that at least 12 million people still live and work in contemporary forms of slavery as defined and prohibited in international conventions.

Now The Heritage Network is urging supporters to sign a declaration – in similar fashion to the one which brought about the 1807 bill – calling for freedom for slaves.

The declaration states: “I pledge to join the fight for freedom, to commemorate the Transatlantic Slave Trade and its abolition, address its legacies, and work for the eradication of all forms of slavery today, which affect at least 12 million people around the world.”

The Network brings together 18 different organisations in the UK to work together on the commemoration of the anniversary, such as Wilberforce 2007.

A major exhibition, examining the transatlantic slave trade and slavery today through drama, African music and poetry has been created in partnership with Anti-Slavery International, and will travel around the UK throughout 2007.

There will be a series of events in Cumbria between June 5-9 on the theme “Remember, Reflect and Respond to Slavery & Exploitation.”

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