A while back, our friend Roger introduced me to a new blog, one that is focused on human rights issues around the world. The writer, Saadia Haq, writes today about an important day to remember and reminds us why Nelson Mandela deserves a day dedicated to him! Thank you, Saadia, for this very timely reminder!
In 2009, United Nations General Assembly adopted the resolution A/RES/64/13 which marks July 18 as Nelson Mandela International Day. It was a result of his noteworthy contribution to peace and culture as coincides with his birth anniversary.
The UN resolution underlines the importance of the principles propagated by Mandela in his struggle to bring democracy to South Africa.
The resolution, according to the UN, also acknowledges the contribution of the former South African President in “conflict resolution; race relations; promotion and protection of human rights; reconciliation; gender equality and the rights of children and other vulnerable groups; the fight against poverty and the promotion of social justice”.
On the occasion of this year’s celebration the Director-General of UNESCO Audrey Azoulay, said, “His mission as an anti-apartheid revolutionary was establishing equality and freedom for all women, men and children. He stood for the fundamental rights of all human beings, regardless of…
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