UN Observance: Nelson Mandela Day – July 18

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Join GFDD on July 18 in celebrating Nelson Mandela Day!

Nelson Mandela International Day commemorates the lifetime of service Nelson Mandela gave to South Africa and the world. Each year on the birthday of Nelson Mandela the UN asks individuals around the world to mark this special day by making a difference in their communities.

Making every day a Mandela Day celebrates Madiba’s life and legacy in a sustainable way that will bring about enduring change.

For 67 years Nelson Mandela devoted his life to the service of humanity — as a human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, an international peacemaker and the first democratically elected president of a free South Africa.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation is dedicating this year’s Mandela Day to Action Against Poverty, honoring Nelson Mandela’s leadership and devotion to fighting poverty and promoting social justice for all.

To find out how you can support Mandela Day please visit:

https://www.mandeladay.com/pages/what-can-i-do

A lasting legacy: The Nelson Mandela Rules

In December 2015, the General Assembly decided to extend the scope of Nelson Mandela International Day to also be utilized in order to promote humane conditions of imprisonment, to raise awareness about prisoners being a continuous part of society and to value the work of prison staff as a social service of particular importance.

General Assembly Resolution A/RES/70/175 not only adopted the revised United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, but also approved that they should be known as the “Nelson Mandela Rules” in order to honor the legacy of the late President of South Africa, who spent 27 years in prison in the course of his struggle.

 

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