South African Embassy in Ankara, Turkey
On this important day, Human Rights Day, the South African Embassy in Ankara Turkey commemorates human rights under the theme: “The Year of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela: Promoting and Deeping a Human Rights Culture across society”. The theme is in line with the celebration of the centenary of former President Nelson Rholihlahla Mandela.
The Centenary, which will be held under the theme “Be the legacy”, is an opportunity to honour Mandela’s memory by striving to ensure his vision of human rights and dignity for all South Africans is realised. South Africa will remember his selfless role in fighting for equal rights for all South Africans.
With Human Rights Day celebrated on 21 March, the contribution made by Nelson Mandela cannot be under-estimated. Mandela advocated for human rights for all and believed that to deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.
This year’s Human Rights Month will be used to pay tribute to him and many others who sacrificed in South Africa’s struggle for freedom. South Africa will also reflect on the advances made on human rights and restoring the human dignity.
A number of events will take place around the country leading up to Human Rights Day on 21 March. These include observing the Anti-Racism Week from 14 – 21 March which is aimed at creating public awareness about racism, and how it affects individuals and broader society. It concludes on Human Rights Day and the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
The 21st of March was declared in the new democratic era as Human Rights Day to honour those who fought for South Africa’s liberation and to celebrate the many rights guaranteed under South Africa’s Constitution.
The South Africa Embassy in Ankara, Turkey wishes all individuals of the world Peace, Harmony and Love to make the world a better place to live in.
Ambassador Pule Malefane