n Stellenbosch Law Review = Stellenbosch Regstydskrif - The role of the Public Protector in protecting human rights and deepening democracy

Volume 23, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1016-4359
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2193



I am deeply honoured to present the 2011 Annual Human Rights Law Lecture of the University of Stellenbosch.

I am particularly humbled by the interest that the academic community, particularly this university, continues to show in my office. I must confess, though, that the main attraction for me was the opportunity to renew my acquaintance with Professor Sandy Liebenberg, who for years has been one of our country's leading lights on human rights, particularly socio-economic rights.
The pursuit of human rights and democracy has always been at the centre of the struggle for democracy in this country. One of the beacons of hope that inspired this struggle was the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted in 1948. Closer to home, the Freedom Charter was a key inspirational document that informed the struggle for democracy and human rights.

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