A judge supreme

Finweek English Edition - - Letters -

WHAT HAP­PENED THE UNITED NA­TIONS has ap­pointed SA Judge Na­vanethem Pil­lay as its new High Com­mis­sioner for Hu­man Rights. Pil­lay, who was born in Dur­ban and grew up in poverty, is known for her per­se­ver­ance, which among other things made her the first black wo­man to open a le­gal prac­tice in Na­tal. She was also the first black fe­male judge in SA’s Supreme Court. THE STAR said Pil­lay has an ex­cel­lent rep­u­ta­tion in terms of hu­man – es­pe­cially women’s – rights and also par­tic­u­larly con­cern­ing abuse in times of war. Her great chal­lenge will be to es­tab­lish the UN Hu­man Rights Coun­cil, cur­rently a po­lit­i­cal foot­ball, as the world’s lead­ing fo­rum for vic­tims of abuse. The Cit­i­zen said Pil­lay would be able to tackle her chal­leng­ing task af­ter years of per­sonal and pro­fes­sional ex­pe­ri­ence.

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