The Federation office in the Organisations in Europe mourns the passing away of the eminent activist, Nelson Mandela, who died on Friday, 6 December, after an eventful life full of struggle for the sake of justice, harmony, and mutual respect.
The Federation expresses its high esteem for the historic role performed by Mandela and his companions in ending Apartheid through a protracted civil struggle, and turning a new page in the life of the people of South Africa based on unity and diversity, when he assumed Presidency of the country.
The Federation points out that the success of Mandela’s experiment gives impetus for development of efforts to end all forms of discrimination, oppression, and denial of peoples’ freedom, and their right to self-determination, in addition to developing the means for promoting understanding between the constituents of human society.
The Federation expresses its condolences to the people of South Africa on the death of their historic leader, asserting that the world feels the loss of one of its wise men represented in this symbolic figure, whose life story will provide future generations with inspiration to confront racism and hate.
Brussels, 6 December 2013
The Federation of Islamic organisations in Europe