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Political Apologies and Reparations Document List Details

France: slavery a crime against humanity

Author: BBC News Staff
Source: BBC News (Link)
Date: 10 May 2001
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Document Type: Press
 
Donor: France Event Date: circa 1619 to mid-nineteenth century
Recipient: Former Slaves Reparation Date: May 10, 2001
 
Reason:

Between approximately 1619 and 1807 a large number of Africans were transported to the Americas, the Caribbean and elsewhere as slaves to be used as forced domestic and agricultural labourers.  France was an active participant in the slave trade.

 
Compensation:

Declaration.

 
Summary:

The French parliament approved a law recognising the slave trade as a crime against humanity.  The vote in favour of the resolution was passed unanimously, and the legislation included provisions to promote the study of the slave trade and the creation of a day to commemorate the ending of the slave trade.

 
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