The Foundation is concerned about areas in the world plagued by conflict driven by racial hatred and ethnic divisions, discrimination and colonial occupation and ideology. In the last ten years, it has focussed on thefollowing areas:
The Foundation supports Palestinian solidarity work inSouth Africa. In 2013, the Foundation hosted the Free Marwan Barghouthi and All Palestinian Political Prisoners Campaign on Robben Island, together with Barghouthi’s wife, Fadwa. Barghouthi, considered to be the ‘Palestinian Mandela’, has been sentenced to a lifetime behind bars by Israel. He is amongst thousands of Palestinians languishing in Israel’s prisons. The Foundation has subsequently spearheaded the Free Barghouthi campaign in South Africa. It has also supported the
campaign in other countries, namely, France, Ireland and England. In 2017, the Foundation was amongst various organisations leading solidarity activities in support of Palestinian prisoners who were on hunger strike for 41 days.
Kathrada met Pastor Evan Mawarire of Zimbabwe’s ‘This Flag’ campaign in 2016, discussing the socio-political
and economic situation in Zimbabwe.
In 2015, Kathrada met with the Cuban Five during their historic tour to South Africa following their release from
imprisonment in the US. Kathrada accompanied them on a trip to Robben Island.
During the same year, Kathrada also met with West Papuan independence leader, Benny Wenda, in Johannesburg.
The Foundation continues to support calls for the freedom of the people of Western Sahara.