where the revised rules could be strengthened from a human rights perspective..
The first concerns the prohibition of discrimination,” he said, adding that he is “disappointed that sexual orientation and gender identity were not explicitly recognized as grounds for discrimination, given their recognition by most human rights treaty bodies.
… More UN launches ‘Nelson Mandela Rules’ on improving treatment of prisoners
where the revised rules could be strengthened from a human rights perspective..
Xenophobia a Scourge and Scapegoat felt by all immigrants also impacting LGBT refugees By Melanie Nathan, April 17, 2015. The sordid side of South Africa, reared its ugly head this past week, as Xenophobic mobs attacked foreigners and immigrants, causing at least 5 deaths in the Durban area. This brewing inferno, which spread to other … More Xenophobic Mayhem and Murder may make South Africa a Skunk Nation yet again
See Video: South African Jews Recite Mourners Kaddish for Mandela By Melanie Nathan, March 13, 2015. When Mandela died the most pious of South African Jews and the most secular of South African Jews all mourned – we had lost Tata Madiba, the man who had brought freedom for all, to South Africa. President Jacob … More Pro Palestinian BDS Betrays South African Constitution and Mandela Legacy
Poignant Art Exhibition Honoring Mandela Opens on Anniversary of His Death Posted By Melanie Nathan, Dec 05, 2014. On the one-year anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s death, an exhibition curated by Natalie Knight featuring works created after Mandela’s passing on 5 December 2013, will be launched at Stephan Welz & Co. in Johannesburg. We Love Mandela: … More Art In Memory of Mandela
By Melanie Nathan, June 16, 2014. Good Morning, Mr Mandela , a memoir by Nelson Mandela’s personal assistant, Zelda la Grange, has lifted the veil of secrecy and mystery on the family power struggles that went on in the last few years of his Nelson Mandela’s life, and of the chaos at his funeral last … More Good Morning Mr Mandela Book By Personal Assistant Exposes Family Drama
Legal Eagle In Bay to Talk about Gay Rights by Thulani Gqirana, March 07, 2014. Nelson Mandel Bay’s NMMU – Article by Herald, Port Elizabeth.
The organization The Gay Flag of South Africa (GFSA) has called on The Elders to speak out against Nigeria’s appalling new anti-gay law, which was surreptitiously signed into law by Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan last week. The Elders is an independent group of global leaders, founded in 2007 by Nelson Mandela, who work together for … More Calling on The Elders to Condemn Nigeria’s Anti-Gay laws
REST IN PEACE TATA MADIBA Hamba Kahle By Melanie Nathan, Dec 15, 2013. From my Facebook Status: – Tata #Madiba, Father of the Nation, has brought the world to #Qunu South Africa- 6 AM, Dec 15 – All eyes are on #Qunu as we prepare our final farewell, #TATA #MADIBA . Our Nelson #Mandela will … More Nelson Mandela Laid to Rest
Yesterday in Johannesburg, President Obama joined leaders from the United States and around the world at a national memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela. In President Obama’s remarks, he reflected on what Mandela meant to him personally, as well as to the people of South Africa, and urged all of us to … More President Barack Obama pays tribute to Nelson Mandela
“On behalf of the Nelson Mandela family, we take this opportunity to extend our sincere gratitude to the religious community for the thoughts and prayers extended to our family through prayer and meditation. Indeed our burden of pain and sorrow is daily being lessened by the outpouring of national and international grief for our father … More The Mandela Family Statement
The University of the Witwatersrand, will host a memorial service in honor of former president Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, unequivocally one of the greatest leaders of all time. Wits Chancellor, Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke will open the ceremony. Speakers include: Advocate George Bizos Dr Ahmed Kathrada Parks Tau, Mayor of the City of Johannesburg Dr Randall … More Nelson Mandela WITS Alumni MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR NELSON ROLIHLAHLA MANDELA
By Melanie Nathan, Dec 09, 2013. When I was a child I was told by my Government that Nelson Mandela was bad man, a terrorist who wanted all white people dead. They did not allow us to see pictures of Mandela, and all images of him were banned. He was serving life in prison. When … More Placing our Gay Flag for Nelson Mandela
Songs and prayers in all religious congregations all over South Africa | “As we celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela, its become the central task that we reflect on what needs to be done to sustain his legacy to ensure we do not betray what he and other sacrificed for and stood for” former President … More South Africa’s Jewish Community Mourns Nelson Mandela with Past President Mbeki
Dec 07, 2013. It is with great sadness and a profound sense of loss that we learn of the passing of Mr Nelson Mandela at his home in Houghton on 5 December. We join the many millions of people across the world in expressing our condolences to his family, to South African nation and the … More ICASA Statement of the passing of former President Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela, our father has died. The man who believed in full equality for all, for everyone everywhere … One of the most remarkable human beings of all time By Melanie Nathan, Dec 05 , 2013. Our beloved Madiba, Nelson Mandela, has just died. With deep sadness we extend our condolences to Madiba’s family and … More Nelson Mandela 1918 – 2013
A few more days to go on Long Walk to Freedom E-bay Auction | Support the Nelson Mandela Foundation 100% proceeds In honor of the new film about Nelson Mandela, A Long Walk to Freedom, E-Bay’s Giving Works is auctioning some fabulous items to benefit The Nelson Mandela Foundation, including a limited edition gold and … More Giving through Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom
Are we serious and important enough to find our Mandela? By Melanie Nathan, October 18, 2013. In his first speech upon his release from prison, Nelson Mandela acknowledged the importance of the sanctions and boycotts against the Apartheid regime. Newly free, he asked that those sanctions NOT be lifted until apartheid was completely eradicated and … More Setting the Imperative Goal | America’s LGBT Community Complicit in its Own Marginalization
Noting the important historical content and lest we forget the roots of South Africa’s New Democracy – heads up Holomisa Posted by Melanie Nathan, October 18, 2013. When reading this critical speech, please keep in mind that some of the members of the traditional leadership, to whom this was addressed, have attempted in recent years, … More Nelson Mandela’s Speech at Inauguration of The National Council of Traditional Leaders
Congresswomen Maxine Waters and Eleanor Holmes Norton revisit their part in the Anti-Apartheid movement at the unveiling of the Mandela Statue in Washington D.C. By Melanie Nathan, October 01, 2013 A statue commemorating former South African President Nelson Mandela was unveiled last week at an historic ceremony in front of the South African Embassy in … More Mandela stands tall in Washington D.C. with 2 U.S. Congresswomen
We can try and change the tide of hate through education but will we if fail to hold leadership accountable? By Melanie Nathan, July 26, 2013. The United Nations is launching an unprecedented freedom, equality and anti-homophobia campaign amidst clashing ideologies in Southern Africa, not to mention the rest of Africa too. The launch of … More As UN Launches Free and Equal Campaign Tutu speaks love and Mugabe death to Gays
South African former President Nelson Mandela. This illustration depicts the life of Nelson Mandela and is a good reference for students who want to encapsulate his life in an easy reference time line. However it should not derogate from the extensive information available online to study Mandela in depth. There is so much more…. Source: … More The Mandela Timeline
By Melanie Nathan, July 19, 2013. When I went back to South Africa in 2011, to address the issue of so called “corrective rape” with the South African Government, I wanted to speak to Nelson Mandela. With his house, mere blocks from my family home, I wanted to tell him that his vision for a … More A most moving article of friendship by Nelson Mandela’s friend
The South African political party showing up for votes is reprimanded and words are not enough as LGBTI community screams for action By Melanie Nathan, July 14, 2013. A rainbow flag flies amidst the dust as Duduzile Zozo is laid to rest. The beloved daughter and lesbian community member from Thokoza township, Johannesburg, was remembered … More Moving pictures as slain lesbian laid to rest amidst controversial memorial
Heartbreaking Video expresses the scourge of Corrective Rape while the South African Task Team Sleeps By Melanie Nathan, July 07, 2013. Last week, a memorial service was held pending the funeral of a beloved lesbian from Gauteng, bringing home the horrendous truth, that “corrective rape” and violence against lesbians continues uncontrollably, despite acute awareness on … More Outrage at South African Government over Lesbian Murder
By Melanie Nathan. July 01, 2013. On June 29, President Obama spoke to youth audiences across Africa in a televised town hall from South Africa. U.S. Embassy Kampala – We were thrilled that a group of 10 Ugandan youth (pictured here below) joined the President live via satellite from Kampala’s NTV studio. In his remarks, … More Pictures of President Obama’s Town Hall with African Youth in Soweto
Vision for Africa | President Obama will engage with young African leaders from across the continent in a live broadcast event from the University of Johannesburg’s Soweto Campus in South Africa. By Melanie Nathan, June 28, 2013. President Obama is on his way to Johannesburg, on his tour of Africa. The University of Johannesburg’s (UJ) … More President Obama to enagage youth all around Africa from a Soweto Campus
By Melanie Nathan, June 27, 2013. President Barack Obama on Thursday praised the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage as a “victory for American democracy” and even called the Prop 8 and DOMA Plaintiff’s to congratulate them while he was on board Air Force One heading out to Africa. However AP has reported that his … More Obama clashes with Senegal President over gay rights
Posted by Melanie Nathan, June 23, 2013. Nelson Mandela’s health has deteriorated and he is now in critical condition, the South African government said Sunday. The office of President Jacob Zuma said in a statement that he had visited the 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader at a hospital Sunday evening and was informed by the medical team … More Mandela Critical
Ziningi & Delisile Ndlela just married – Durban June 15, 2013. By Melanie Nathan June 17, 2013. While the United States struggles, state by state, to allow legal marriages between same-sex couples and while the United States waits with bated breath to see if any of its nine justices agree that marriage equality must be … More As the U.S. waits on SCOTUS Durban lesbian wedding speaks volumes
By Melanie Nathan, June 12, 2013. At the time of the 1962 trial of Nelson Mandela, one of a few, South Africans who were not white, and who comprised the majority of the population, were not allowed to vote. This was because Apartheid excluded black South Africans from this basic right to equality. When reading … More Remembering Mandela’s 1962 Creative Cry to the World