The proclamation by the United Nations General Assembly of the year 2004 as International Year to commemorate the Struggle against Slavery and its Abolition marked, on the one hand, the bicentenary of the proclamation of the first black state, Haïti, symbol of the struggle and resistance of slaves, and triumph of the principles of liberty, equality, dignity and the rights of the individual, and, on the other, the fraternal reunion of the peoples of Africa , the Americas, the Caribbean and Europe.
The Slavery Abolition Year logo featured a chain, which symbolizes slavery and whose links are gradually broken and transformed into birds in flight.
The official website for Slavery Abolition Year from UNESCO.
An article from the BBC on the official
start of the Year in
All the International Years proclaimed by the General Assembly.
Netherlands Antilles 20 October 2004