Wednesday, July 28, 2004

The Malaysian Bar Council and the Canadian High Commission

The Malaysian Bar Council and the Canadian High Commission are proud to be co-sponsoring a public forum on human rights featuring the prominent Canadian author and human rights activist Mr. Ken Wiwa. The theme for the event, which will take place at the Bar Council Auditorium from 15:00 to 17:00 on Friday, July 30, is 'Universal Jurisdiction on Human Rights: Is it Time?'. Members of the public are invited to attend.

Ken Wiwa is an author, journalist and broadcaster. A weekly columnist for the Toronto Globe and Mail, he writes on cultural and political issues.  He worked for The Guardian in the United Kingdom for two years and at Vanguard Newspaper in Nigeria where he was a columnist. Internationally his journalism has appeared in South Africa, Germany, the United States and Holland.

As a broadcaster, Ken Wiwa has presented programmes for the BBC and documentaries for Channel 4, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and BBC Radio 4. He also writes commentaries for National Public Radio.

His first book, In the Shadow of a Saint, was published in six countries and won the 2002 Hurston-Wright Foundation non-fiction award.  Ken Wiwa divides his time between Canada and Nigeria. He is a Saul Rae
Fellow at the Munk Centre for International Studies, a mentor at the Trudeau Foundation and a senior resident of Massey College at the University of Toronto.

Panellists invited to speak along with Mr. Wiwa include Y. Bhg. Tan Sri Abu Talib Othman, Chairman, SUHAKAM; Mr. Cecil Rajendra, M/s Cecil Rajendra & Associates; Mr. Sivarasa Rasiah, Daim & Gamany Advocates & Solicitors; and Y. Bhg. Dato' Param Cumaraswamy.


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