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human rights lawyers honour Mandela
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)
December 08, 2013
for Human Rights (ZLHR) has honoured the late South African liberation
icon, Nelson Mandela with its Human Rights Lawyer of the Year award.
Mandela posthumously, ZLHR said the anti-apartheid leader deserved
the award because as a lawyer, he had uplifted society by contributing
to easing the suffering and oppression of the vulnerable and marginalised
The human rights
group said Mandela had been an inspiration for human rights lawyers
throughout Zimbabwe and the wider African region, and was a “giant”
who had fought for precious values and defended and extended people’s
rights and freedoms.
of the most respected African leaders who spent 27 years in jail
for challenging apartheid, died on Thursday evening of complications
from a recurring lung infection.
ZLHR said the
late South African President used his professional legal skills
for the betterment of humanity, sacrificed his legal career and
family for the national good and used his incarceration to inspire
a generation and those to follow.
profession, our country, our continent, and the world at large have
been inspired by the example of the dear departed Nelson Rolihlahla
Mandela. We are not global powers. We do not bestow Nobel Peace
Prizes and state accolades. But in our own small way, we take this
opportunity to salute a fellow lawyer, to thank him for his life
of public service, and to show that there are many who have taken
heed of his example and action,” ZLHR said in a citation of
The award will
be forwarded to the Nelson Mandela Foundation. ZLHR said it would
seek to establish, together with Mandela’s representatives,
an annual scholarship in Zimbabwe for children who excel in academic
studies, but who may not yet had the opportunity to be inspired
and assisted to possibly become the next icon in the struggle for
a better society.
also honoured five of its member lawyers who stood out during the
year as they continued to act and speak out in support of the wrongly
arrested, detained and prosecuted and exposed evil practices regardless
of the consequences they suffered.
David Tandiri, Kossam Ncube, Passmore Nyakureba, Advocate Eric Matinenga
and Beatrice Mtetwa, who was recently acquitted
on charges of obstructing or defeating the course of justice.
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