Kader AsmalAnnual Human Rights Awards 2013
Launch of the Kader Asmal Human Rights Awards
Date: 28 May 2013
Time: 18h30 till 22h00
Venue: University of the Western Cape, Library Auditorium
18h30-19h00 Refreshments on arrival for Delegates
19h00-19h20 Welcome and Opening Address by: Professor Brian O’ Connell
Rector and Vice-Chancellor, University of the Western Cape
19h20-19h35 Background Address on the Awards by: Sipho Pityana, Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution – Chairperson
19h35-20h05 Keynote Address by: Justice Albie Sachs
20h05-20h25 Questions and Answers session
20h25-21h35 Finger Foods Dinner served in the Foyer of the Library Auditorium
21h35-22h00 Delegates Depart University of the Western Cape
Background to the event
Historical and contemporary questions about the place and role of Human Rights and Civil Liberties in South Africa continue to occupy centre stage in the national debate and psyche. Given the historical evolution of the South African nation state, these questions are better understood in the context of the South African Constitution which laid the foundation for the post-apartheid constitutional democracy.
The Human Rights Award (as it is proposed the award should be called) will be named after Professor Kader Asmal. Kader Asmal devoted his life to securing, protecting and advancing human rights. His life as a freedom fighter concentrated on the questions of self-determination, the universality of human rights and all forms of human dignity.