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Last Countries to Abolish Slavery

Name every country to abolish slavery later than 1900.
Some of these countries no longer exist.
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Last updated: October 15, 2018
First submittedJuly 1, 2013
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Year
Answer
1902
Ethiopian Empire
1904
Ngazidja (Comoros)
1906
China
1912
Siam (Thailand)
1921
Nepal
1922
Morocco
1923
Afghanistan
Year
Answer
1924
Iraq
1928
Iran
1928
Sierra Leone
1936
Northern Nigeria
1945
Germany
1945
Japan
1952
Qatar
Year
Answer
1959
Tibet
1960
Niger
1962
Saudi Arabia
1962
Yemen
1963
United Arab Emirates
1970
Oman
1981
Mauritania
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level 73
Dec 2, 2013
This was more challenging than I thought it would be.
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level 77
Dec 3, 2013
I think it helps to try and think of every place that was not colonized by Europeans from the 17th-19th centuries- which was pretty much the entire world. Because in the 19th century it became trendy amongst European powers to ban the practice, including in their overseas territories. and then slowly the rest of the world caught up, sometimes begrudgingly, usually under European or American pressure. I know here in Saudi Arabia many people feel that banning slavery is un-Islamic and that they should still be practicing it (and practically speaking, they do, they just call it by a different name or do so in secret), but to help appease their important trading partners the USA, slavery was officially banned in 1962. If not for outside influence I'm sure that it would still officially be legal here.
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level 22
Feb 17, 2014
You scored 15/21 = 71%. This beats or equals 95.0% of test takers. Not bad, but how come there so many middle eastern countries on the list?
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level 77
Feb 19, 2014
Because they were among the last to abolish slavery.
As mentioned above, this is mostly a list of countries that were not colonized by Europe prior to 1900. The Arabian peninsula fit that bill because, prior to the discovery of oil there in the 1930s, nobody gave a crap about the Arabian peninsula. It's mostly useless desert. Slavery was allowed to persist in Arabia, an important facet of Arab culture enshrined in and supported by Islam, independent of emancipation movements in the Western world, because of this fact. Once Westerners began trading with these countries they started to put pressure on them to abolish slavery.
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level 55
May 23, 2015
Mauritania doesn't act like she abolished slavery though.
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level 77
May 23, 2015
Many of these places still practice slavery, either through institutions or work programs that amount to basically the same thing (similar to how Slavery persisted in a way in the American South in the form of sharecropping and various Jim Crow laws), or else underground and in secret. But the dates above are when slavery was officially made illegal. Enforcement and culture often lag behind legal reforms.
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level 51
Nov 5, 2017
no Union of South Africa, wew
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level 61
Nov 19, 2017
You should not include Niger in this list. It became indipendent in 1960.
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level 77
Nov 20, 2017
yeah... and it abolished slavery that same year.
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level 77
Nov 20, 2017
It's a little bit complicated. As a French dependency there was a policy by the French at the colonial/imperial level that slavery should be abolished, but it was up to the local administrators to implement this policy and most of them did not. Many said it was impossible and didn't try. Others looked the other way while claiming to do something. The French even accepted slaves from Niger as soldiers during WW1. At best French governance did some work toward stamping out slave trafficking in the country.
Following independence slavery was officially abolished throughout Niger. But there was a similar problem with many administrators looking the other way and allowing it to continue in practice. It wasn't until 2003 that slavery was specifically criminalized.
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level 69
Sep 23, 2018
I deleted my quiz. I didn't realize they were so similar. I did not intend to step on anyone's toes.
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level 77
Sep 23, 2018
It's not a big deal. But there are so many user quizzes now it's worth trying to search before authoring a new one.
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