The story of the end of slavery is told every year at the United Nations, in order to ratify the commitment to defend Human Rights, the main mission of the UN in the world. Along those lines, representatives from various regional groups once again pronounced, on 26th March in the General Assembly hall, their condemnation of one of the barbarities that will forever be present in the history of humanity.
In the presence of the United Nations General Secretary, Antonio Guterres, the member States represented in New York marked the Abolition of Slavery and transatlantic trade, on the 201st anniversary since the start of the exploitation.
The Republic of Equatorial Guinea, through its Permanent Representative, Anatolio Ndong Mba, as part of the collective disgrace endured by the African continent in the worst way possible, taking into account that the Island of Fernando Poo contributed in part to the financing of the industrial revolution in the United Kingdom, among other injustices from that period, underlined that the transatlantic trade in slaves caused untold suffering, taking into account that the millions of individual victims each had a story, a family, dreams and hopes.
“Africans were treated as inferior beings. The treatment had at its heart deep structural inequalities, on an economic and social level; injustice and inequalities which are today still affecting persons of African descent throughout the world”, lamented the Ambassador, who also stated the duty of member States to maintain their efforts in favour of equal rights.
The diplomat made it clear that both his people, his Government, and his President, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, will always be proud to have been associated with the conception of the permanent memorial prepared by States of the Caribbean, known as “The Ark of Return”, in order to honour the victims of slavery.
The Republic of Equatorial Guinea also used the meeting to express its recognition of the efforts made by the United Nations in the fight against slavery, which pointing out its grave concern regarding episodes of slavery and xenophobia which continue to occur in various parts of the globe, with a particular mention of the alarming cases recorded in North Africa (Libya) where, according to Ndong Mba, Equatorial Guinea believes that global peace and security cannot fully arrive which practices of slavery, xenophobia and racism persist in the world, so that our country has invited governments to take more action to raise awareness regarding the dangers of these ills, through institutional reforms which allow the consolidation in the minds of citizens, behaviour and values appropriate for modern States, rejecting all types of social discrimination that regrettable still persist.
Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea