Civil society reception to honour the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights


Civil society reception

to honour the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Monday 21 July, 2014

18h30 – 21h00

1 rue de Varembé, Geneva

In September, Navanethem Pillay will finish her term as the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Since her appointment in 2008, Ms Pillay has been a principled and dedicated advocate for the promotion of universal human rights, the protection of human rights defenders, accountability for perpetrators of human rights violations, and access to justice for victims.
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Together with Amnesty International, Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, Conectas Direitos Humanos, East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project, FORUM-ASIA and Human Rights Watch, the International Service for Human Rights is pleased to invite you to a civil society reception in Ms Pillay’s honour.

The reception will provide an opportunity to thank Ms Pillay for the instrumental role she has played in the global human rights movement and to celebrate with the human rights community.

We kindly request that you RSVP for this event by Wednesday 16 July using this link. We very much hope to see you at our reception.


Human Rights Defender of the month: Kasale Maleton Mwaana

Kasale’s human rights activism precedes his years. The son of pastoralist parents from Ngorongoro district in northern Tanzania, he grew up seeing his parents and entire community having to defend their land and way of life against authorities who thought their lands could be put to better use. Now, at 25, Kasale is already one of the most recognizable advocates of his people’s cause, much to the ire of Tanzanian authorities.
“Our people’s struggle goes back many generations. It started with the pushing out of our forefathers from Serengeti to gazette Serengeti National Park in 1959, and then further evictions from the Ngorongoro crater to gazette the Ngorongoro conservation area in 1975. Since then, every generation has had to resist further evictions. It’s now my generation’s turn,” he says.