Day of Solidarity with South African Political Prisoners


Portraits of the political prisoners from South Africa at the Rivonia trialThe Day of Solidarity with South African Political Prisoners was designated in 1976 by the General Assembly.


On 11 October 1963 the General Assembly adopted resolution 1881 (XVIII) that requested the Government of South Africa to abandon the "Rivonia trial" of Nelson Mandela and other leaders, and forthwith to grant unconditional release to all political prisoners and to all persons imprisoned, interned or subjected to other restrictions for having opposed the policy of apartheid. Subsequently this day was chosen as the Day of Solidarity.


Every year the Special Committee against Apartheid organized a special event to mark the day. Prominent leaders from the ANC were invited to attend and address the Committee.





Article on the Day of Solidarity in UN Chronicle, November-December 1985.

Speech by prof. Ibrahim A. Gambari, chairman of the Special Committee, on the final Day of Solidarity, 11 October 1993.

Exhibtion '10 years of freedom' in the Palais des Nations in Geneva, 18 March to 18 April 2004.



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Mandela, Nelson



Stamp catalogue - 1986


Niger                          11 October 1986









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