HURISA Statement on Mandela Day 18 July 2019
“To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity and to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others” – Nelson Mandela.
It was Mr. Mandela who visited Norway in 1992 to request assistance from the Government of Norway to set up an effective monitoring system for addressing the politically motivated public violence that was threatening South Africa’s transition process from apartheid to multiracial democracy. And therefore, the Human Rights Institute of South Africa (HURISA) would not have been possible without the support and encouragement of President Nelson Mandela, the father of our democracy.
The 18th of July marks the birthday of both Adelaide Tambo and Nelson Mandela. At HURISA, we salute these two freedom fighters today and every day. As a tribute to Adelaide Tambo, to Nelson Mandela and to all South Africans who navigates the path of fighting for justice; we commemorate that which captures the essence of the soul of our non-racial democracy – remembering that South Africa emerged from a culture of gross human rights violation.
Year 2019 is a significant year in South Africa marking its 6th democratic election since 1994 and marking 25th Anniversary of its human rights and democratic dispensation. It is also the year that coincides with the 25th Anniversary of HURISA originally known as the Institute for Research into the Study of Public Violence. It is for this reason that HURISA heightens the impetus of the year 2019 by creating vibrant dialogue platforms at provincial and national level to raise human rights issues affecting South Africa today.
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