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28 May 2013
Kader Asmal Awards 2013

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.