Slavery Museum Honoured by UNESCO

INTERNATIONAL SLAVERY MUSEUM HONOURED BY UNESCO
Museum receives a honorary mention at UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize

At a ceremony today in Paris Liverpool’s International Slavery Museum will receive an Honourable Mention by Koïchiro Matsuura, the UNESCO Director-General, as part of the UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence.

The Slavery Museum was one of only two institutions throughout the world to have had the honour bestowed on them in recognition of the globally significant work the museum does. UNESCO praised the Slavery Museum for its efforts to commemorate the lives and deaths of millions of enslaved Africans, and for its work to fight against legacies of slavery such as racism, discrimination, inequalities, injustice and exploitation, as well as against contemporary forms of slavery.

The UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize was created in 1995 on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of the birth of the Mahatma Gandhi, thanks to the generosity of the Indian writer and diplomat Madanjeet Singh, who is also a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador.

Dedicated to advancing the spirit of tolerance in the arts, education, culture, science and communication, the Prize is awarded every two years to individuals or institutions for outstanding contributions to the promotion of tolerance and non-violence. The prize-giving ceremony will be held today to mark International Day for Tolerance.

For more information on the prize visit http://portal.unesco.org/shs/en/ev.php-URL_ID=6569&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html

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