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Statement by the Geneva Institute for Human Rights on Nelson Mandela International Day

The Legacy Lives on Through You: Climate, Food, and Solidarity.”

July 18, 2023

On this day in 1918 in the Mfizu region of the South African State, the late African leader #NelsonMandela was born, and on November 10, 2009, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 18 July as the Nelson Mandela International Day in recognition of his contributions to the struggle for democracy, the promotion of a culture of peace, freedom, human rights and the fight against racial discrimination. He was the first democratically elected President of the free South African State in 1994.

This great man's biography is full of lessons , but it has the greatest value of reconciliation and tolerance in which Mandela set the greatest example. Mandela has decided to work for the future, subjecting himself to hatred, grudges and misdemeanours towards reconciliation for the future of his country and the future of humanity. During his presidency, he worked to achieve national reconciliation among different ethnic groups human rights, equality, non-discrimination and the rejection of racism. He was biased towards the vulnerable and advocated for women's and children's rights and worked to improve the conditions of the poor and less developed communities.

The Geneva Institute for Human Rights views Nelson Mandela as a human rights symbol that the Institute has been seeking to achieve across all levels and platforms. Through this celebration, humanity agrees to reject all forms of racial discrimination based on colour, sex or age. We urge States that continue to engage in racial discrimination to respect human rights and to fulfill their duties and responsibilities. Persecution of any living being under any banner or name instils poison in the oppressed's heart and makes it a truly full and hateful predatory monster. This generates violence, tensions and conflicts among the components of humanity, and it is imperative that we work together to achieve human justice that is free from racial segregation and oppression of human dignity so that the world becomes an integral and intersecting unit. Security and social peace enhance stability and sustainable development.

Geneva Institute for Human Rights commemorates the spirit of the inspiring leader and we find solace in his great career, in following his approach and in drawing inspiration from his life. We affirm that the values for which Mandela has worked will remain as long as humanity remains, and his career will remain an inspiration for all those who advocate truth and good in this world.


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