Lecture on Safeguarding Security and Sovereignty to be delivered by Justice Wigneswaran
Chief Minister, Northern Provinces, Sri Lanka.
Former Judge, Supreme Court, Sri Lanka.
Special Address by Justice Zak Yacoob, South Africa and Vasanth Kannabiran, India.
Justice C.V. WIGNESWARAN is the first Chief Minister of the Northern Province In Sri Lanka and was sworn in on 7th October 2013. He has had a long and distinguished legal career, first as an advocate, then as a teacher of law and later as a judge. He was a Judge of the Sri Lankan Supreme Court between 2001-2004.
About Kannabiran Memorial Lecture
K.G Kannabiran ( 1929 - 2010 )
K.G Kannabiran was one of India’s greatest human rights activists, thinkers and lawyers. For over 40 years he relentlessly fought against state violence, police impunity and for the democratic rights of the marginalised. Born in Madurai, Kannabiran started practice in the Madras High Court and then shifted to Hyderabad in 1961. He began to defend political dissenters from 1969 onwards. In 1971 he successfully challenged the AP Preventive Detention Act, 1970. During the Emergency, he defended scores of political prisoners. He appeared in the famous Secunderabad Conspiracy and Parvatipuram Conspiracy cases. He was President of APCLC between 1978-1994 and National President, PUCL, between 1994-2009. He was actively involved in consultations on the rights of Sri Lankan Tamils along with Justice V R Krishna Iyer. He was a member of the ‘Concerned Citizen’s Committee’ which mediated between the AP Government and Maoists. He was a jury member of the Concerned Citizen’s Tribunal which brought out a comprehensive report on the Gujarat carnage in 2002.
9th November 2014
About K.G Kannabiran
Introducing Justice Wigneswaran
Kannabiran Memorial Lecture
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