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Doing justice to the dead

The shadow cast by slavery is a long one, with its impact still evident in many parts of the world and across many cultures. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has declared 2004 the 'International Year to Commemorate the Struggle Against Slavery and its Abolition'.

Lincoln Crawford OBE (Race Equality Panel), David Ould (Anti-Slavery International) and Dr John Torpey (University of British Columbia), will participate in a debate on slavery, on Thursday 25 November at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

They will ask what can be done to remedy past wrongs of such enormity? Is financial recompense essential, and if so, by whom and to whom should it be paid? Are there not also other ways of recognising the immorality of past generations, such as memorial and anniversary events? How can we confidently identify today's victims of the atrocities of past years?

And at a time of what is effectively slavery in the contemporary world, should we even waste time doing so?

  • Barrister Lincoln Crawford OBE is a member of the Race Equality Advisory Panel.
  • David Ould is deputy director of Anti-Slavery International.
  • John Torpey is associate professor of sociology at the University of British Columbia.

Professor Conor Gearty, Rausing Director of the Centre for the Study of Human Rights at LSE, will chair this event.

Doing Justice to the Dead is on Thursday 25 November at 6pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A. This event is free and open to all with no ticket required.

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To request a press seat, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.Winterstein@lse.ac.uk| 

23 November 2004

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