Decision : 30 COM 8B.33
Nominations of Cultural Properties to the World Heritage List (Aapravasi Ghat)
The World Heritage Committee,
1. Having examined Documents WHC-06/30.COM/8B and WHC-06/30.COM/INF.8B.1,
2. Inscribes Aapravasi Ghat, Mauritius, on the World Heritage List on the basis of criterion (vi):
Criterion (vi): Aapravasi Ghat, as the first site chosen by the British Government in 1834 for the ‘great experiment' in the use of indentured, rather than slave labour, is strongly associated with memories of almost half a million indentured labourers moving from India to Mauritius to work on sugar canes plantations or to be transshipped to other parts of the World.
3. Recommends that the State Party and other interested parties:
a) Undertake research on indentured labour to consider the extent, scope and impact of the indentured labour Diaspora around the world;
b) Consider the possibility of inscribing the Aapravasi Ghat archives for the UNESCO's Memory of the World Register.