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Buying chocolate Easter eggs? Were they produced by cocoa plantation slaves in West Africa?

Cocoa is the essential ingredient for making chocolate Easter eggs.  A significant proportion of the world production of cocoa is grown and harvested on plantations by African slaves. These slaves are on cocoa plantations in remote rural areas in West Africa.  Some of the chocolate Easter eggs which we buy is made using slave cocoa.  […]

BREAKING NEWS Bonded child laborers making toys

On March 15, 2022, children aged 9 to 15 years of age were rescued from a toy factory in the Bawana Industrial Area in the north of Delhi in India. A total of 73 children — 38 girls and 35 boys — were rescued from a toy factory and polish manufacturing and fan manufacturing factories […]

April 16 Anniversary murder of Iqbal Masih

  April 16, 1995 Murder of Iqbal Masih, a former slave carpet weaver since the age of 5. He was a child activist after he escaped from slavery. He was the winner of the Reebok Prize. 

Islamic State enslave young girls

Two suspected members of the Islamic State (IS) group have been arrested in Germany accused of enslaving and sexually abusing a pair of Yazidi girls in Syria and Iraq.   Full story

Vatican Declaration on human trafficking

April 2, 2024.  The Vatican issued the Declaration “Dignitas Infinita” On Human Dignity, which condemns trafficking: “Human trafficking must also be counted among the grave violations of human dignity. While it is not a new phenomenon, it has taken on tragic dimensions before our eyes, which is why Pope Francis has denounced it in particularly emphatic […]

April 1. Anniversary of birth of Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton, 1st Baronet Buxton of Belfield and Runton

April 1, 1786.  Birth of.  He was a  British abolitionist.  He is called “The Emancipator” because of his role as leader of the abolitionist Members of Parliament in the House of Commons which saw the passage of the Bill abolishing slavery throughout the British Empire.  The territories administered by The Honourable East India Company were […]

Buying chocolate Easter eggs? Were they produced by cocoa plantation slaves in West Africa?

  Cocoa is the essential ingredient for making chocolate Easter eggs.  A significant proportion of the world production of cocoa is grown and harvested on plantations by African slaves. These slaves are on cocoa plantations in remote rural areas in West Africa.  Some of the chocolate Easter eggs which we buy is made using slave […]

Slavery Convention 1926

March 9, 1927.  Anniversary of the entry into force of the Slavery Convention 1926

International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

March 25, 2024.   International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.  On December 17, 2007, the United Nations General Assembly designated 25 March as an annual International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, beginning in 2008, as a complement to the existing International […]

Frederick Douglas, former slave

February 20, 1895.  On this day Frederick Douglas died.  He was a former slave and an abolitionist.  He was born in February 1818.

Thomas Buxton

February 19, 1845.  On this day Thomas Foxwell Buxton, Bt, died.  He became the leader of the abolition movement in the House of Commons after William Wilberforce retired.  He achieved his goal for the abolition of slavery in the British Empire.

Anniversary of Second Reading of Bill in the House of Commons to outlaw the slave trade

February 23, 1807.   On this day Charles Grey, then Leader of the House of Commons and Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (and a future Prime Minister), rose to move the Second Reading of the Bill to prohibit British ships and His Majesty’s subjects from engaging in the slave trade.  The Bill was passed by […]

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