Navanethem Pillay finishes her term as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: a great lady

July 9, 2014

In September 2014, Navanethem (Navi) Pillay will finish her term as the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Since her appointment in 2008, she has been a principled and dedicated advocate for universal human rights, the protection of human rights defenders, accountability for perpetrators of human rights violations, and access to justice for victims. She has encouraged her staff to speak out and has done so herself courageously. Unanimity about her performance should not be expected – for that the topics she had to deal with are too controversial – but the human rights world generally has seen her as a ‘champion’ and one of them.
To get some idea of the scope of her involvement in favour of human rights defenders, see some of my 20 previous posts: https://thoolen.wordpress.com/tag/navi-pillay/

It is therefore most appropriate for the International Service for Human Rights, together with Amnesty International, Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, Conectas Direitos Humanos, East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project, FORUM-ASIA and Human Rights Watch, to organise a civil society farewell reception in her honour on Monday 21 July, 2014 in Geneva

 

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