Nelson Mandela, A Human Rights Legend
It's impossible to imagine a world without Mandela. His death will leave a massive hole, not just in South Africa but around the world.
He was a truly global leader who repeatedly rejected every injustice in the cause of human rights. He simply refused to accept injustice -- and his courage helped change our entire world.
Mandela's life of political struggle and self-sacrifice became and remains an example to millions around the globe.
In November 2006, Amnesty International declared Nelson Mandela an 'Ambassador of Conscience' in recognition of his work over many years of speaking out against human rights abuses not just in South Africa but around the world.
Accepting the award Mandela said: "Like Amnesty International, I have been struggling for justice and human rights, for long years. I have retired from public life now. But as long as injustice and inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest. We must become stronger still.
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