UN Human Rights High Commissioner to address parliament

United Nations Human Rights Commissioner Navenethem Pillay will deliver an address at parliament tomorrow, Speaker Abdulla Shahid announced today.

As there is no scheduled sitting of parliament tomorrow, the High Commissioner will give the speech at committee room number one.

Navenethem Pillay is a South African of Tamil descent and was appointed to the post on September 1, 2008.

According to the Office of the High Commissioner, “Ms. Pillay has served as a judge on two of the most important international criminal courts in the modern era, spending eight years with the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, including four years as its President, and then the past five years on the International Criminal Court in the Hague. Both of these courts deal with the extreme end of the human rights spectrum — war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, and are at the cutting edge of the development of international law in these areas.”