Human Rights Commission of the Maldives

Press Release: PR - 028/2013

Published on 07-12-2013

Nelson Mandela was an exemplary man of quiet dignity and humble in his life’s work. Emerging without rancor from his 27 years of detention, he set about an extraordinary measure of understanding and forgiveness, determined to build a new South Africa based on dialogue and peaceful justice. His leadership as the first democratically elected President of South Africa remains model for achieving justice in societies confronting a legacy of Human Rights abuses. He inspired people to forgive, to reconcile, to care, to be selfless, to tolerate, to respect, and to maintain dignity no matter the hardships and obstacles in life.

Nelson Mandela’s selfless lifelong struggle for human dignity, negating apartheid and promoting equality and freedom sets the highest of examples for all who are united in protecting Human Rights. The Human Rights Commission shows appreciation for the adoption in 2009, July 18th, “Nelson Mandela International Day”, the first ever International day in honor of an individual. Nelson Mandela Day is a celebration of the idea that each individual has the power to transform the world, and the ability to make an impact, just as Nelson Mandela did himself. There aren’t many people who can show the kind of resolve, patience, commitment, dedication and passion in the face of extreme adversity and hatred. Nelson Mandela was one of them and through it all he has triumphed victoriously in fighting hatred with love, discrimination with inclusion and wrongs with rights.

It is with sadness that the Human Rights Commission of the Maldives bid farewell to one of the greatest treasures of the world and as we mourn his demise we also celebrate and memorialize the ideals and values he has so conspicuously left behind.