Arab Non- Violence Society Commemorated Nelson Mandela International Day

Top Quote External Relations Advisor for the Arab Non- Violence Society and Arab Youth Media Forum Dr. Naseer Homoud's message on Nelson Mandela International Day. He lauded the efforts and contribution of Mr. Mandela in accomplishing democracy and tranquility. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) July 20, 2011 - Observing Nelson Mandela International Day Dr. Naseer Homoud, Honorary Member and External Relations Advisor of Arab Non- Violence Society and Arab Youth Media Forum congratulated Nelson Mandela on his 93rd birthday and urged that this day is a call to action for people everywhere to take responsibility for making the world a better place, one small step at a time, just following the path of Nelson Mandela. "I urge for action in everyone who is a keen believer in Mandela's ideals to emulate him and go beyond the 18th of July by continuing to work towards the betterment of the people of world over, particularly the underprivileged", said Dr. Homoud.

    Mandela Day is an annual international day of humanitarian action in celebration of Mr Mandela's life and legacy. It serves as a catalyst for each and every person to realize that they have the ability to change the world through action. Nelson Mandela has been a lawyer and a freedom fighter, a political prisoner, a peacemaker and president. A healer of nations and a mentor to generations, Nelson Mandela - or Madiba as he is affectionately known by millions - is a living symbol of wisdom, courage and integrity. "The valuable contributions of Nelson Mandela on freedom, racial discrimination, reconciliation, human rights, building peace and fighting poverty created inspirational examples for many countries in the world. Considering his lifelong fight for peace, the list of getting national and international awards in his life are very long", said Dr. Homoud.

    "Mr. Nelson Mandela is a hero to people of all backgrounds and experience who strive for freedom and progress. His story is filled with an amazing strength and integrity of spirit. There is no denying of the fact that his efforts were tireless, sincere and honest which encompassed great zeal of freedom, equality and tranquility. Today, on the second Nelson Mandela International Day, we must thank him for everything he has done for freedom, for justice and for democracy", said Dr. Homoud.

    Dr. Homoud called Mr. Mandela as a visionary leader and the icon of the struggle for freedom whose life had been the ultimate definition of peace, both in South Africa and throughout the world. As a young leader of the African National Congress (ANC) party in South Africa, Mr. Mandela had chosen the path of non-violent mass action to fight the juggernaut of apartheid. "Fighting for the right was the topmost achievement of Mandela and it was a cause for which he was prepared to die. But perhaps Mr. Mandela's most outstanding contribution to world peace was his call for reconciliation with South Africa's former oppressors. That was an example to be emulated by all", asserted Dr. Homoud.

    Dr. Homoud maintained that Mandela became the epitome of striving for human dignity and prosperity. He dedicated his life to ensuring that not just South Africa, but the world, becomes a place in which every human-being can make a significant contribution. He urged everyone to follow the principles on which Mr. Mandela based his life. This year's theme of the Nelson Mandela Day is: Working Together to Build a Caring Society. "It highlights that in the pursuit of freedom, President Mandela strived for a society that is tolerant and lives in harmony", said Dr. Homoud.

    In his message Dr. Homoud said "I think, to make this world peaceful, avoiding war, fighting poverty and hunger, creating employment of the unemployed, growing patriotism among the citizens of a country, establishing brotherhood, gender equality, equity, fraternity, political stability, good governance, rule of law, accountability of the government to the people, democracy, democratic government, transparency, removing corruption, ensuring human rights of all, development and livable environment irrespective of race and religion, we must take lessons from the life and ideology of Nelson Mandela".

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