The University of the Western Cape (UWC) will host the Kader Asmal Human Rights Awards Lecture on Wednesday 23 July 2014 at the University’s Library Auditorium
Date : 23 July 2014
Venue : UWC Library Auditorium
Time : 18h00 to 21h00
The keynote speaker will be Trevor Manuel, the longest serving Minister of Finance globally.
Professor Abdul Kader Asmal, was a professor of Human Rights at UWC, Chairman of the Council of the University of Limpopo (University of the North) and Vice-President of the African Association of International Law.
He was an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, received a doctorate Honoris Causa from Queen's University Belfast (1996) and was a laureate of the 2000 Stockholm Water Prize. He passed away on 22 June 2011 after suffering a severe heart attack.
Professor Asmal devoted his life to securing, protecting and advancing human rights. His life as a freedom fighter concentrated on advocating for human rights and all forms of human dignity.
Asmal pursued academic rigour on Public International Law, Human Rights, Constitutional Democracy and promotion of all freedoms. He was also an activist involved within the national liberation movement and solidarity organisations, and later served in various capacities in government after 1994.
His preoccupation with constitutional liberties and freedoms never diminished and to all his portfolios, he brought these different aspects of his academic skills and humanitarian passion.
By establishing an award recognising those who make a contribution to human rights and civil liberties in communities we aim to affirm the importance of civil liberties in our society.
This recognition must also go hand in hand with a concerted and strategic effort to make human rights a subject of interest particularly amongst young people, to stimulate their interest, nurture creative expression, and also offers a platform for their views and understanding to find recognition in national and international spaces.