International Bar Association salutes Mandela

Pretoria, South Africa (PANA) - The International Bar Association (IBA) on Friday joined lawyers and other legal professionals in saluting Nelson Mandela, one of South Africa’s first black lawyers who morphed into a global statesman.

Mandela opened the first Black South African law practice in 1952, with partner Oliver Tambo.

Together they campaigned against apartheid and oppression of the Black majority in South Africa.  

Following his release from jail, Mandela became the first honorary President of the IBA’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) which was established in 1995 to promote and protect human rights under a just rule of law and the right and ability of judges and lawyers to practise freely and without undue interference.  

Mark Ellis, IBA Executive Director, said when the institute was founded, Mandela was one year into his term as President of South Africa and major progressive social reforms were taking place across the country.

“We were honoured by his acceptance to be a part of the Institute, and we continue to promote and protect, around the world, the principles for which he fought,” Ellis said.

Zimbabwean lawyer and IBAHRI Co-Chair Sternford Moyo said Mandela’s courage and determination to fight for justice and equality is an inspiration to all.

“He was an incredible man, who demonstrated enormous courage and sacrifice for the cause and principles in which he believed. His achievements are both within and outside of the political arena, and span beyond the borders of South Africa. His legacy will remain,” he said in a statement.
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06 december 2013 06:30:54

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