On May 10, 2001, France was the first country to acknowledge slave trade and slavery as crimes against humanity. The recognition is not only a time to commemorate the victims of slavery but to also realize that today, in every part of the world, people are victims of human trafficking and are exploited in the most inhumane conditions.
France has taken a strong stance against all forms of modern slavery with among other initiatives, a call to ratify the additional Protocol to the Palermo Convention. This Protocol, supplements the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, a text signed in 2000 and ratified in 2002 aiming to prevent, suppress and punish trafficking in human being, especially women and children.
The committee for history and remembrance of slavery (CPMHE) is organizing various events across France to pay tribute to the victims of slavery and to their fight for emancipation, human rights and liberty.
Highlights of the program include a roundtable about the History of the Slave Trail at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris and musical performance at the theater Dejazet and the Bataclan. For more details about events taking place throughout the year in Metropolitan France and French overseas department, please visithttp://www.cpmhe.fr/IMG/pdf/10_MAI_2011_-_Programme_national.pdf