United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navanethem Pillay (UNCHR)??

Barbados will be the first English-speaking Caribbean country to receive an official visit from a United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Commissioner Navanethem Pillay, will arrive in Barbados on Tuesday, April 3, on a two-day mission.?? During the visit, she will meet with Prime Minister Freundel Stuart; Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean; members of the Cabinet and other senior Government officials.

While on the island, the UN High Commissioner will also conduct talks with President of the Senate, Her Honour Kerryann Ifill; Leader of the Opposition, the Rt. Hon. Owen Arthur; Ombudsman, Valton Bend; Chief Justice, His Honour Marston Gibson, and the President of the Caribbean Court of Justice, Sir Dennis Byron.?? It is also anticipated she will meet with academics and members of civil society.

Ms. Pillay, a South African national, was the first woman to open a law practice in her home province of Natal in 1967.?? Over the years, she has acted as a defence attorney for anti-apartheid activists; worked as a lecturer at the University of KawZulu-Natal; and was appointed a judge on the South African High Court.??

She also served for eight years as a judge on the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and in the capacity of President for the last four years.

The High Commissioner’s mission to Barbados will conclude on Thursday, April 5, after she holds a press conference at UN House, Marine Gardens, Hastings, Christ Church.

The Office of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, which was established in 1993, is mandated to promote and protect all human rights, and to administer the world’s commitment to universal ideals of human dignity.


Author: Shamkoe Pil??

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