This Friday on Al Jazeera’s new global talk show South 2 North, Redi Tlhabi chats to South African Navi Pillay, the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights.
“Navi has spent more than four decades dealing with the darker sides of humanity, including eight years on the International Criminal Tribunal in Rwanda after the genocide, and five years as a judge on the International Criminal Court,” says Redi, who presents South 2 North from Johannesburg. “Think of prisoners tortured in Guantanamo Bay, rightless Rohingyas in Myanmar and war crimes in Syria.
Then think of the right to a fair trial, the right to freedom of speech and the right to live a life of security, free of fear. Governments around the world are obligated by law to protect these and other fundamental freedoms.
But what happens when governments don’t comply? Who decides which rights are more important than others? Navi grapples with these dilemmas daily.”
Redi will also speak to South African Thando Hopa, an albino model who’s using her law degree to change perceptions about people living with Albinism. “In Tanzania, albinos are being murdered by witch doctors for their body parts,” says Redi. “How can we counter such a culturally and socially complex problem with international law?”
This week’s episode premieres at 19:30 GMT on Friday, 12 April 2013 and also screening Saturday at 14h30, Sunday 04h30 and Monday 08h30.
For more information, visit http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/south2north/, where all episodes are available to watch online.
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Catch up on last week’s episode, where Redi explored biomimicry, at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61Ga2my4mLo.