Posts Tagged ‘Mary Robinson’

Two human rights personalities join the Elders

January 25, 2019

Two personalities well-known in human rights circles have joined the Elders [see:]

  1. Former UN rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein
Former UN human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein will be joining The Elders. AP PhotoFormer UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. AP Photo

After four years as an outspoken defender of human rights for the United Nations, Jordanian royal Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein is set to continue his work as a member of The Elders, the group of statesmen formed by Nelson Mandela in 2007 to promote equality and world peace. Mr Al Hussein stepped down as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights last September after a four-year term in which he became became increasingly at odds with world powers he accused of failing to uphold the ideals of the very international system they created. His refusal to stand for a second term, because he expected to be opposed by these same countries, ended a stellar career of more than two decades in the United Nations. [see:]


Ellen Johnson Sirleaf  was Africa’s first female Head of State and former Liberian president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is a laureate of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Also joined former Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos, also a Nobel Peace prize winner.

The Elders Group is chair by former president of Ireland and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson.

Mary Robinson cancels appearance at Dubai festival over Ahmed Mansoor’s continued detention

January 15, 2019

On 14 January 2019 the Middle East Eye reported that former UN  High Commissioner, Mary Robinson, has confirmed she will not attend a Dubai literary festival in response to a call from academics and authors for the United Arab Emirates to release detained human rights activist Ahmed Mansoor. In a statement to The Guardian, the Mary Robinson Foundation said: “In response to the open letter received by the Guardian, Mrs Robinson has advised the organisers that she will not be attending the literature festival.” [see my:]

The letter, organised by the International Campaign for Freedom in the UAE (ICFUAE), calls on the Emirati authorities to “immediately and unconditionally release prisoner of conscience Ahmed Mansoor“. It was signed by academics, activists, British politicians, and comedians, including linguist Noam Chomsky and actor Stephen Fry.

Joe Odell, a campaigns manager for ICFUAE, said: “We urgently call on other attendees to follow suit. The festival claims to celebrate freedom of expression, yet so many in the UAE have been detained for exercising this very right,” Other prominent writers billed to speak at the festival include Oxford University professor Peter Frankopan, Canadian novelist Douglas Coupland, and author Ian Rankin.

Robinson’s decision to withdraw from the festival may also be linked to a controversy surrounding her in relation to Sheikha Latifa al-Maktoum, the daughter of the Emirati Prime Minister.

Mary Harvey: her goal is now human rights

December 12, 2018

New Global Center for Sport and Human Rights created to address abuses

June 27, 2018

On 25 June 2016 Hina Jilani gives International Human Rights Lecture at the Mary Robinson Centre

June 6, 2016

Hina Jilani will speak on the subject of “Protecting Human Rights Defenders Worldwide.” Ms Jilani, from Lahore in Pakistan, is a lawyer, civil rights activist, and an advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. She has been active in the movement for peace, human rights, and women’s rights in Pakistan for more than three decades and is internationally recognised for her expertise in critical human rights investigations. especially as the first UN rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders. The event will incorporate an interview with Ms Jilani and Mrs Robinson. The lecture is free of charge and open to the public. For more information or to reserve a seat visit

Hina Jilani 2014

Source: International Human Rights Lecture 2016 – The Mary Robinson Centre – Ireland’s first Presidential Library


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She won the 2000 Ginetta Sagan award and the 2008 American Bar Association Human Rights Award.