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09 Nov

Keeping Mandela’s torch for human rights burning

Nelson Mandela served 27 years in prison for demanding political change in South Africa.

First Nelson Mandela interview, May 21, 1961
Nelson Mandela, already a leading figure in resistance to apartheid, was asked by ITN’s Brian Widlake, for his views about the campaign to secure the franchise.


Above: Still from Invictus, Clint Eastwood’s latest film starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon.
Photos © Warner Brothers

Invictus, the story of former South African President and Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience, Nelson Mandela will hit theatres on December 11th, the day after International Human Rights Day.

Nelson Mandela served 27 years in prison for demanding political change in South Africa. Just 4 years later, in the country’s first fully democratic election, he was elected as the first black President of South Africa.

The torch that Mandela carried for human rights nearly 20 years ago is kept burning by countless other human rights leaders today, including Aung San Suu Kyi. For 14 of the last 20 years, Suu Kyi has been punished for calling for political change in Myanmar.

Only time will tell, how human rights history will continue to be written.

» Call on Myanmar’s government to release democracy icon, Aung San Suu Kyi immediately
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