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Throwback Thursday: Nelson Mandela addresses the Special Committee Against Apartheid in the United Nations General Assembly Hall in June 1990:

“We hold it as an inviolable principle that racism must be opposed by all the means that humanity has at its disposal. Wherever it occurs it has the potential to result in a systematic and comprehensive denial of human rights to those who are discriminated against.”

Nelson Mandela’s journey from prisoner to President of South Africa was the triumph of an extraordinary individual against the forces of hate, ignorance and fear – and it was a testimony to the power of courage, reconciliation and forgiveness to overcome the injustice of racial discrimination.

Thursday’s Mandela Day provides us an opportunity to learn from Nelson Mandela’s example to stand up for human rights and fight racism.

📷: P. Sudhakaran / UN Photo

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