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World marks horrific slave trade history to guard against more abuses

The commemoration is not meant to be a look solely into the past; the idea is to preserve and teach an ugly chapter of history that might help ward off humanity’s worst impulses.

The U.N. General Assembly remembered victims of the transatlantic slave trade
The U.N. General Assembly remembered victims of the transatlantic slave trade, the "largest legally sanctioned forced migration in human history." (AN/Tasha Jolley/Unsplash)

Recalling the 400-year-old transatlantic slave trade, speakers at the 193-nation U.N. General Assembly emphasized the continuing repercussions.

"The legacy of the transatlantic slave trade haunts us to this day," U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres told the assembly on Monday.

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