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22/10/2004

IBA announces George Bizos as winner of Bernard Simons Memorial Award

The International Bar Association (IBA) today announces George Bizos as the winner of its prestigious Bernard Simons Memorial Award for the Advancement of Human Rights. The Award is being made to Mr Bizos for his outstanding contribution to human rights law in South Africa. It will be presented to him at the IBA’s annual Conference in Auckland on the morning of Monday 25 October 2004.

Nelson Mandela, one of the many who nominated Mr Bizos for the Award, said, ‘I know of no person more worthy for this honour’.

As a student during the late 1940s, George Bizos fought, against racism, and for the promotion of human rights. He has been associated with many landmark trials on South Africa's road to democracy, and was Nelson Mandela's lawyer throughout the infamous Rivonia Trials during the 1960s. Throughout the 1990s, George Bizos played a central role in establishing constitutional law and investigating apartheid-era crimes for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

More recently, he has been involved in a critical case in Zimbabwe, heading the defence for leaders of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change on charges of high treason.

The Award, sponsored by LexisNexis Matthew Bender, will be presented to George Bizos during the apt Human Rights Institute Session on Politicisation of the judiciary.

For further information please contact:

Fiona Paterson
Director
Human Rights Institute
International Bar Association
10th Floor
1 Stephen Street
London W1T 1AT
United Kingdom

Tel: + 44 (0)20 7691 6868
Fax: + 44 (0)20 7691 6544
E-mail: fiona.paterson@int-bar.org
Website: www.ibanet.org

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