Biko Hailed for Human Rights Achievements
The late Black Consciousness Movement leader Steve Biko has been described as a courageous fighter for human rights.
Biko died in a prison cell in Pretoria 37 years ago.
Former United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights, Judge Navi Pillay delivered the 15th Steve Biko Memorial Lecture at the University of Cape Town on Thursday.
Pillay says the life of Biko was cut short and yet it was a life that not only contributed to the dismantling of apartheid in South Africa, but also informed international human rights norms and standards.
She maintains Biko played a role in the decision of the UN Security Council to ban arm sales to South Africa in November 1977.
However, Pillay contends South Africa should be consistent in upholding of human rights.
“South Africa has sided with those who invoke the so called non-interference in the internal affairs of a country to block scrutiny of serious human rights violations such as the case of Sri Lanka. These positions recalled the positions adopted by the apartheid government which also said criticism of their racist policies was interference in their internal affairs.”
Via SABC News